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Two NY Supreme Court judges forced to step down – Stephen Rooney and Judith McMahon implicated by secretly taped talks

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Secretly taped talks leads to resignation for two Staten Island judges from their state Supreme Court positions.
Stephen J. Rooney and Judith N. McMahon tendered their resignations from their administrative positions, Wednesday
The pair headed the civil and criminal arms of the court
County clerk, Michael Pulizotto, secretly recorded the high ranking judges for two years
Pulizotto turned over the tapes to the Inspector General Tuesday, the subjects resigned a day later
Justice McMahon, formerly Staten Island’s administrative judge for both civil matter is expected to be transferred to Manhattan courts to oversee civil cases
Justice Rooney, until now the administrative judge for criminal matters, will continue to hear criminal cases on Staten Island
Stephen Rooney 1NY State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Rooney stepped down from his state Supreme Court position

Two high-ranking judges in Staten Island, New York stepped down from their important administrative posts on Wednesday after secret recordings of the pair were turned over to investigators.
State Supreme Court Justices Judith N. McMahon and Stephen J. Rooney resigned from their positions atop the county’s civil and criminal courts, said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the state’s Office of Court Administration.
County clerk, Michael Pulizotto, allegedly made secret recordings of the pair spanning two years and turned over the tapes to the Inspector General Tuesday. The contents of the tapes have not been revealed. It is also not clear if the judges were recorded speaking together or separately.
“McMahon was not well liked. She has a habit of screaming at people. It’s her way or the highway,” a source said. “She especially became worse once her husband became DA.” McMahon is the wife of Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon.
Stepping down from her role as administrative judge on civil matters, Judge McMahon is expected to be transferred to Manhattan courts to oversee civil cases.
Judge Rooney was the administrative judge on criminal matters.  He will continue to hear criminal cases on Staten Island, the source said.
“An interim administrative judge for both civil and criminal terms will be announced shortly, while a process is being set up to find a permanent replacement,” said Chalfen.

McMahon is the wife of Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.

In December 2011, Justice McMahon was named to replace Justice Philip G. Minardo as Staten Island’s administrative judge for both civil and criminal matters, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Minardo had reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.
However, in May 2015, Justice McMahon stopped overseeing criminal matters to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest while her husband ran for district attorney. Michael McMahon was elected district attorney in November of that year.
After her husband took office as DA in Jan 2016, Justice  McMahon remained administrative judge for civil matters, while Justice Rooney was appointed to oversee criminal matters.
As an administrative judge, her duties include allocating resources, assigning judges and other court personnel and setting the tone for the borough’s legal system.

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1 Comment on Two NY Supreme Court judges forced to step down – Stephen Rooney and Judith McMahon implicated by secretly taped talks

  1. Robert Stein // September 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm // Reply

    Y’all have no idea WHOM they appointed as Administrative Law Judges on Staten Island AND given positions to head up the legal writing departments at Local Colleges—do ya, until truth and voices put an end to that. So when our headlines are-“S.I. Judges resigning”—it ain’t no shocker. Our cases given judges that outline the yet to be denied massive funding abuse denied and corruption are given closed door or legally silenced preference by some judges. Honesty, testimony, internal reports, emails and documents regarding the above do not matter in these courts—politics does, and for a dozen years the resignations knew, recused, excused, delayed and allowed the harm to continue. Cases on Staten Island, in Grievance and Brooklyn Supreme Court must be understood and its relationship to the culture of corruption politics that is destroying our country and allowed to put millions in the wrong pockets. “Some” judges allow the legal system protects the guilty. Our headlines ain’t no shocker—

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