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Maney Determination 12-20-10

Maney Determination 12-20-10

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STATE
OF
NEWYORKCOMMISSIONONJUDICIALCONDUCTIntheMatter
of
theProceedingPursuanttoSection44,subdivision4,
of
theJudiciaryLawinRelationto
DETERMINATION
GERARD
E.
MANEY,aJudge
of
theFamilyCourtandanActingJustice
of
theSupremeCourt,AlbanyCounty.THECOMMISSION:HonorableThomas
A.
Klonick,ChairStephen
R.
Coffey,Esq.,ViceChairHonorableRolando
T.
AcostaJoseph
W.
Belluck,Esq.JoelCohen,Esq.RichardD.Emery,Esq.Paul
B.
I-larding,Esq.ElizabethB.HubbardNinaM.MooreHonorableKarenK.PetersHonorableTerryJaneRudermanAPPEARANCES:RobertH.Tembeckjian(Charles
F.
Farcher,
Of
Counsel)fortheCommissionCorrigan,McCoy&Bush,PLLC(byJosephM.McCoy)fortheRespondentTherespondent,Gerard
E.
Maney,aJudge
of
theFamilyCourtandan
 
ActingJustice
of
theSupremeCourt,AlbanyCounty,wasservedwithaFormalWrittenComplaintdatedOctober
29,2009,
containingtwocharges.TheFormalWrittenComplaintallegedthatinJune2009respondentoperatedavehiclewhileundertheinfluence
of
alcohol,resultinginhisconvictionforDrivingWhileAbilityImpaired,andthatheassertedhisjudicialofficeinconnectionwithhisarrest.RespondentfiledaverifiedanswerdatedDecember7,2009.ByOrderdatedMarch2,2010,theCommissiondesignatedH.WayneJudge,Esq.,
as
refereetohearandreportproposedfindings
of
factandconclusions
of
law.AhearingwasheldonAugust5,2010,inAlbany.TherefereefiledareportdatedSeptember15,2010.Thepartiessubmittedbriefswithrespecttothereferee'sreportandtheissue
of
sanctions.Bothpartiesrecommendedthesanction
of
censure.OnNovember4,2010,theCommissionheardoralargumentandthereafterconsideredtherecord
of
theproceedingandmadethefollowingfindings
of
fact.
1.
RespondenthasbeenaJudge
of
theFamilyCourtandanActingJustice
of
theSupremeCourt,AlbanyCounty,since1991.HehasservedastheSupervisingJudge
of
theFamilyCourtsfortheThirdJudicialDistrictsince2002andhaspresidedoverFamilyTreatmentCourtsince2002andJuvenileDrugCourtsince2006.AstoChargesIandII
of
theFormalWrittenComplaint:
2.
OnJune
18,
2009,afterconsumingalcoholicbeveragesataprivate2
 
clubinAlbanyCounty,respondentdrovehiscarwhileundertheinfluence
of
alcohol.Respondent'scarbearsalicenseplatecontainingtheinitials"FCJ,"whichsignifiesFamilyCourtJudge.
3.
At
approximately8:30PM,respondent'svehicleapproachedtheGreenIslandBridge,wherelocalpolicewereoperatingasobrietycheckpoint.RespondentmadeanillegalU-turninanattempttoavoidthecheckpoint.4.GreenIslandPoliceOfficerStacyVogelpursuedrespondentinamarkedpolicevehicle,withitslightsandsirenturnedon,forapproximately
half
amilebeforerespondentpulledoverhisvehicleandcametoastop.
S.
OfficerVogelapproachedrespondent'svehicleandaskedforhisdriver'slicenseandregistration.Respondentprovidedthosedocumentsandidentified
himself
asaFamilyCourtjudge.OfficerVogeldidnotknowthatthelicenseplateonrespondent'svehiclesignifiedthatitwasregisteredtoajudge;nordidsherecognizerespondentorknowhimtobeajudge.6.OfficerVogeldetectedtheodor
of
alcoholandaskedrespondenttostepout
of
hisvehicle.OfficerVogeladministeredtwofieldsobrietyteststorespondent,whichhefailed.7.OfficerVogelaskedrespondenttotakeasobrietytestonanalcoholpre-screeningdevice(PSD).RespondentrefusedtotakethePSDtest.
8.
WhenOfficerVogelsteppedawayfromrespondent'svehicletocallforaback-up,respondentusedmouthwashinanattempttomasktheodor
of
alcoholon3

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