Bad behavior by upstate judges

This just in from the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct: An Erie County judge and a Seneca County judge have resigned in disgrace from the bench, promising never to be judges again.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph G. Makowski of Erie County quit the bench after a “publicly reported off-the-bench action in assisting an acquaintance.”

Stephen H. Brown, a Justice of the Junius Town Court in Seneca County, quit after he was admonished for “among other things, sending a threatening letter to the tenant in a landlord/tenant dispute after an ex parte request for assistance from the landlord.”

You can check out the full story on the Judicial Conduct Commission’s website,

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.