David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: March 16, 2005
|Hon. Thomas Klonick Appointed To Commission on Judicial Conduct|
NEW YORK - Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye today announced the appointment of Hon. Thomas A. Klonick to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct is an 11-member body statutorily established to investigate allegations of misconduct by judges in New York State. It is composed of judges, lawyers and non-lawyers, and the Governor, Chief Judge and leaders of the New York State Legislature appoint its members. The designation of Judge Klonick is one of three Chief Judge Kaye is authorized to make to the Commission, with state law requiring that those appointments include a justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, a judge from a court other than the Court of Appeals or Appellate Divisions and a justice from a town or village court.
Judge Klonick has been the Town Justice for the Town of Perinton, New York, since 1995 and maintains a law practice in Fairport. He was the Town Justice for the Town of Macedon from 1985 to 1987 and previously has served as Acting Rochester City Court Judge, Fairport Village Court Justice, hearing examiner for the City of Rochester and assistant public defender in Monroe County. A graduate of Lehigh University and the Detroit College of Law, Judge Klonick formerly served on the Monroe County Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and was legal counsel to the New York State Council on Problem Gambling.
The appointment is effective April 1, 2005, and will be for a four-year term. Judge Klonick will replace Hon. Frances A. Ciardullo, who is a Schroeppel Town Justice in Oswego County and whose term on the Commission expires on March 31, 2005.