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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


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 

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

Truck Tears Off Side of New Courthouse Facade...

posted Oct 16, 2013, 9:01 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Oct 16, 2013, 9:01 AM ]

These photos just in from Jonathan Behrins.  More information as it comes in...

RCBA Member, Anne-Louise DePalo, is a renaissance woman (SILIVE).

posted Aug 11, 2013, 2:48 PM by Pete Weinman

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An attorney, a popular children’s book author, an artist and photographer — Grasmere resident Anne-Louise DePalo can only be described as a multi-talented Renaissance woman.

One might think that, due to the intense nature of the legal work she does, specializing in family law and divorce, Ms. DePalo’s leisure time would be reserved for relaxing and unwinding. It’s just the opposite. It turns out that the downtime she spends at home is when she is most creative

Complete story is located HERE.  

Rodney Stilwell wins third Staten Island Amateur crown.

posted Aug 11, 2013, 2:45 PM by Pete Weinman

Rod Stilwell captured his third Staten Island Amateur by beating Lou Buttermark Jr.  Sunday at Richmond County Country Club.

It took Stilwell 33 holes to seal the prestigious event. Stilwell's previous Amateur win came in 2004. Prior to that, he won in 1984.

For the complete story, check SILive.com.

Story is HERE.

Judge Vitaliano Denies Drug Dealer Sentence Reprieve.

posted Aug 6, 2013, 12:20 PM by Pete Weinman

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