Rockland County Court Judge Victor Alfieri always enjoyed holding court in Orange County – on a temporary basis. He’d handle trials in Middletown and Goshen, helping ease court calendars.
Now, the Rockland jurist will be heading north into Orange County on a daily basis. He has been assigned to hear state Supreme Court cases for the next several months. He’s covering for another jurist no longer on the bench.
Though elected by Rockland voters to the County Court a few year ago after a long stint as a Clarkstown justice, Alfieri and all other judges can be reaassiged by the administrative law judge for the 9th Judicial District. It starts with being designated as an acting state Supreme Court justice.
For example, appointed Court of Claims Judge Catherine Bartlett from Orange County has been assigned to hear criminal cases and some civil case in Rockland as an acting state Supreme Court Justices. Bartlett, a former Goshen town judge and Orange County attorney, can’t really hear cases in Orange because her husband is a lawyer and GOP chairman.
Other examples: Rockland County Court Judge William Nelson has long been assigned to civil cases as an acting state Supreme Court justice. State Supreme Court Justice William Kelly has been assigned mostly criminal cases and spent several weeks last year in the Bronx doing trials. Rockland County Court Judge Charles Apotheker had been assigned to Family Court cases and Drug Court supervision, and oversees a court handling non-indictment cases.
So most anything goes when it comes to assigning judges.
Alfieri’s last appearance at the Rockland Courthouse in New City for the time being came Monday afternoon. He will be making periodic appearances in Rockland to handle sentencings – monthly visits in August and September have been scheduled.