Town of Ulster judge censured
Mid-Hudson News reports that Town of Lloyd Justice Court Judge Terry Elia was “censured” by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Sept. 28. A disciplinary censure is the second-highest punishment the commission can administer, just below removing a judge from the bench. Elia was censured for potentially racist social media posts. Elias "liked" several questionable posts on social media and shared a post with a picture of a Civil War soldier and the caption “Because Black Lives Mattered.” Commission Administrator Robert Tembeckjian said, “A judge must be and appear impartial, or public confidence in the integrity of the courts may be compromised. Extra-curricular alignments with law enforcement entities, even in a good cause, can be problematic. So, too, must a judge avoid partisan politics, except when running for judicial office.” The judge agreed that she made mistakes. "I made certain errors relating to my conduct in my private life (via social media and volunteer work) which may negatively impact the public’s perception of the judiciary,” Elia said through a statement from his attorney, Deborah Scalise. “For that, I am very sorry.” Read the full story at Mid-Hudson.