Thursday, February 24, 2022
The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a judge for misuse of a court employee's time and issues relating to her daughter's regular presence at the court's magnetometer station
From the fall of 2015 to May 2016 when the Bat Mitzvah [of the judge's daughter] took place, [secretary] Ms. Ritter provided assistance on a regular basis in the planning of respondent's daughter's Bat Mitzvah. Using her New York State Unified Court System email address, Ms. Ritter sent numerous Bat Mitzvah related emails to various Bat Mitzvah vendors and to respondent. Many of Ms. Ritter's emails to vendors identified Ms. Ritter at the end of the email as "Secretary to Honorable Jill S. Polk" and included the address of the Schenectady County Family Court. Ms. Ritter sent most of the Bat Mitzvah related emails during non-lunch hours on weekdays. In addition, respondent and some of the Bat Mitzvah vendors sent Ms. Ritter emails regarding the Bat Mitzvah, most of which were sent only to Ms. Ritter.
Also involved was her daughter's distracting officers from their duties
Respondent's daughter's presence at the magnetometer station created a complication for the court officers which was the concern that respondent's child would be injured if there was an altercation among litigants in that area. At times, respondent's daughter's presence at the magnetometer impeded the security work of the court officers.