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Date: February 27, 2002

Seal of the Unified Court System
Leonard Rienzi Appointed Supervising  Judge of Staten  Island
STATEN ISLAND - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today named Hon. Leonard P. Rienzi the Supervising Judge of the State Supreme Court in Staten Island. The appointment was made upon the recommendation of Hon. Ann Pfau, the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial District (which comprises Staten Island and Brooklyn), and in consultation with A. Gail Prudenti, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Judge Rienzi succeeds Supreme Court Justice Louis Sangiorgio, who will continue to sit on the Supreme Court bench in Staten Island. The appointment is effective immediately.

"I want to thank Justice Sangiorgio for his over two decades of hard work and outstanding service as the Supervising Judge in Staten Island," said Judge Lippman. "His longevity in this position, superb record as a jurist and administrator, and exceptional dedication to the community of Staten Island are unsurpassed, and for this, I extend to him my commendations and sincere gratitude."

Judge Lippman added, "I welcome Judge Rienzi as Supervising Judge and have every confidence that he will serve as a resourceful, innovative administrator in his new position."

Judge Pfau said, "I am so pleased that Judge Rienzi has agreed to take on the challenges of this critical new assignment. He is widely respected by his colleagues as an exceptional jurist with a strong commitment to a fair and efficient court process. These qualities will undoubtedly serve him well in his new role, and I look forward to working closely with him in the future."

Judge Rienzi was appointed to the New York City Criminal Court in 1982 and four years later was elevated to the position of Acting Supreme Court Justice, assigned to Brooklyn and later Staten Island. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Judge Rienzi began his legal career in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, rising through the ranks as chief of the major felony program, deputy chief of the trial division, senior trial counsel and finally as the second-ranking assistant district attorney, reporting directly to the District Attorney. Judge Rienzi has lectured on legal issues throughout the state and has authored a book on trial procedures.