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Judge DiDomenico rules Ex-foster dad not financially responsible for girl who unknowingly lives with real dad.

posted Jul 2, 2014, 6:00 AM by Pete Weinman

gavel1.jpgThe judge ruled the girl's biological father is in a position to financially support her, should the need arise. 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In a case that had more familial intrigue than a romance novel and soap opera rolled into one, a justice has ruled that a Staten Island woman's ex-husband is not obliged to financially support their foster child, who has lived, unknowingly, with her biological dad for most of her life.

The child, now 12, believes her real dad is her brother. And her former foster father, who has not lived in the household for seven years after separating from his ex-wife, the child's foster mom, has never been required to pay child support for the youngster, noted state Supreme Court Justice Catherine DiDomenico.

The entire story is: HERE.

Frank Donnelly | fdonnelly@siadvance.com By Frank Donnelly | fdonnelly@siadvance.com 

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on July 01, 2014 at 6:01 AM, updated July 01, 2014 at 6:02 AM

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Justice Maltese and his daughter earn simultaneous doctorates.

posted Jun 25, 2014, 12:24 PM by Pete Weinman

Associate Justice Joseph J. Maltese and his daughter, Julie Ann Maltese,would certainly echo my sentiments. In fact, this duo is so close, that they even received their doctorate degrees within three days of one another.

Click HERE for the full SI Advance story.


Cases of Interest (Judge Sciarrino).

posted Jun 13, 2014, 6:15 AM by Pete Weinman

Accused ‘Brooklyn Ripper’ angrily demands a word with judge - NY Post Story HERE

reBar owner pleads guilty to grand larceny, tax fraud - Brooklyn Daily Eagle Story HERE

RCBA Member Jack Stern, elected Chairman of the Board of Eger Lutheran Homes and Services.

posted May 12, 2014, 5:25 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated May 12, 2014, 5:26 AM ]

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Eger Lutheran Homes and Services elected Jack Stern as its new chairman of the board of trustees.  Stern, who succeeds Peter A. Maniscalco as chairman, has practiced law on Staten Island since 1977. He is admitted to the bars of the states of New York, Florida and New Jersey, as well as various federal courts, and is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School.  He is a member of the Richmond County, New York State, Florida State and New Jersey state bar associations, as well as the American Bar Association and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

 For the complete story, visit the SI Advance's site HERE.

By Tracey Porpora | porpora@siadvance.com 
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on May 09, 2014 at 1:45 PM, updated May 09, 2014 at 2:00 PM


SI Public Administrator, Gary Gotlin, wins $9 million tug-of-war with Brooklyn counterpart over woman's estate.

posted Apr 3, 2014, 4:53 AM by Pete Weinman

NY Law Journal Update, click HERE.



STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The $9-million estate of a long-time Brooklyn resident who spent her last years in a Stapleton nursing home should be handled by the Staten Island public administrator and not his Brooklyn 4/3/counterpart, a judge has ruled.

Staten Island Surrogate Robert J. Gigante said Palma Bonora’s godson, Neil Mauriello, who was her legal guardian, had essentially severed her residential ties to Brooklyn.

For the complete SI Advance Story, click HERE.

Flashback in the news...Judge Straniere, creator of Purim shpiels for his congregation, receives recognition for his wit on the bench.

posted Mar 16, 2014, 1:53 PM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Mar 16, 2014, 1:54 PM ]

Philip Straniere, a veteran judge, is facing a ponderous decision these days: Esther or Vashti?  Straniere, who has served on Staten Island’s 2nd Civil Court District 15 years, is considering the two major female characters in the Torah’s Book of Esther for an important song parody in a Purim shpiel he is writing.  

Published 02/28/12 by Steve Lipman

Click HERE for the article.  From the Jewish Week, author's E-mail: steve@jewishweek.org


Appellate court now has 2 Island jurists (via SI Advance).

posted Jan 28, 2014, 7:09 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 7:10 AM ]

With the announcement that Gov. Cuomo has appointed Supreme Court Justice Joseph Maltese to the Appellate Division, Second Department, there are now two Staten Islanders serving on the intermediate level appeals court. Supreme Court Justice William F. Mastro, a Randall Manor resident and its senior judge, was appointed to the court in 1992 by Gov. Pataki. He also served as its Acting Presiding Justice for a year until Gov. Cuomo appointed Justice Randall T. Eng, a Queens resident, to the court’s top spot in 2012.

Judge Maltese’s appointment has been widely hailed by the Staten Island legal community as was Justice Mastro’s 22 years-ago. Highly-regarded trial judges, their documented legal scholarship make them exceptionally well-qualified to hear and decide the complex legal issues often presented in an appellate forum.

By Staten Island Advance Editorial 
on January 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM, updated January 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM
Daniel Leddy’s column appears each Tuesday on the Advance Editorial Page. His e-mail address is JudgeLeddy@si.rr.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/LegalHotShots.

The entire story is HERE.

Breaking News: Judge Maltese was appointed to the Appellate Division.

posted Jan 17, 2014, 1:08 PM by Pete Weinman

http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/01172013-supreme-court-appellate-division-appointments

Thanks to Jeff Alfano for forwarding this info - I will update this page soon...    

The RCBA Does it's Part in Veteran Discount Program.

posted Nov 22, 2013, 7:55 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 10:17 AM ]

KUDOS to Thomas Hall, President of the RCBA, Robert Mulhall, chairman of the RCBA Veterans Committee, and Michael J Gaffney, the Vice President of the 13th Judicial District to the NYSBA, all of whom were instrumental in getting the RCBA to partner with the NYSBA on this matter.   A copy of the Press Release is HERE.

Judges making a pitch to remain on bench until the year in which they turn 80.

posted Oct 23, 2013, 4:54 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Oct 23, 2013, 4:55 AM ]

For the complete article, visit the SI Advance website by clicking 
HERE.


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In an unprecedented quasi-political move, judges have been green-lighted to make campaign-like appearances this fall to pitch passage of a statewide ballot proposal that would give some members of the judiciary the ability to serve through the year in which they turn 80.

Current law permits state judges to remain on the bench through their 76th year.

As such, expect to see Supreme Court Justice John Fusco making forays to Staten Island senior citizen centers to make the case directly to seniors that they should vote "yes" on ballot proposal 6 to change the New York state constitution to "increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve."

By Judy L. Randall 
on September 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM, updated September 29, 2013 at 7:09 AM

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