30 Rockledge Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
, 2010New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct6100 Broadway, Suite 1600New York, New York 10006Dear Sir/Madam:I hereby respectfully request that your honorable body initiate an immediate investigation into Mount Vernon City CourtJudge Helen M. Blackwood.Judge Blackwood has engaged in conduct that is in direct violation of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge; Part 100Judicial conduct.On Sunday, May 2
§ 100.4 States: A judge shall so conduct the judge's extra-judicial activities as to minimize the risk of conflict with judicial obligations
, 2010, Judge Blackwood was the keynote speaker at the “All Islands 30th Annual ScholarshipLuncheon”. Judge Blackwood was also listed and was advertised as the keynote speaker in the journal that was distributed.
Governmental, Civic, or Charitable Activities.
A judge may be a member or serve as an officer, director, trustee or non-legal advisor of an organization or governmental agency devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system or the administration of justice or of aneducational, religious, charitable, cultural, fraternal or civic organization not conducted for profit, subject to the followinglimitations and the other requirements of this Part.
may not be a speaker or the guest of honor at an organization's fund-raising events, but the judge may attend suchevents. Nothing in this subparagraph shall prohibit a judge from being a speaker or guest of honor at a court employeeorganization, bar association or law school function or from accepting at another organization's fund-raising event anunadvertised award ancillary to such event;
Judge Helen Blackwood is also the Judge on a proceeding on a matter that is currently before her for which I was assaultedby James A. Dickerson. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. James A.Dickerson is extremely close friends with Mayor Clinton I. Young Jr. Judge Blackwood was appointed to the bench inApril of 2009 by Mayor Clinton I. Young Jr., Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon. Prior to being appointed to the bench,Judge Blackwood served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Mount Vernon under Mayor Clinton I. Young Jr.James A. Dickerson was also instrumental in securing employment for his girlfriend Tracy Thompson who currently servesas Mayor Clinton Young’s executive secretary and also worked with Judge Blackwood while she was Corporation Counsel.In my opinion, Judge Blackwood should have immediately recused herself from the above mentioned proceeding to avoidthe appearance of impropriety.Upon information and belief, Judge Blackwood had an ex-parte conversation with Mayor Clinton Young and others andagreed to release James A. Dickerson without bail after he was arraigned on Criminal Contempt 2
Degree for violating anorder of protection previously issued by Judge Blackwood prohibiting James A. Dickerson from any communication withme.