Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has censured a judge who presided over more than 2,500 civil matters involving an organization that his brother was associated with
from November 2005 through December 2016, respondent presided as the judge of record for more than 2,500 civil matters involving Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union ("CCFCU"), notwithstanding that his brother was an officer and board member of CCFCU.
In accepting the jointly recommended sanction of censure, we have taken into consideration that respondent was cooperative with the Commission and there was no indication that respondent gave preferential treatment to the CCFCU. Respondent acknowledged that his conduct was improper and that he should have taken steps to ensure that he did not preside over CCFCU matters at the outset of his tenure as a judge. We also note that respondent has expressed remorse for his conduct. We trust that respondent has learned from this experience and in the future will act in accordance with his obligation to abide by the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct.