Huntington discusses restrictions on judges’ political activities


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Huntington’s townboard member, Joan Cergor, said at a meeting tonight that he would submit a resolution banning administrative law judges who heard the code violation from engaging in political activities.

Sergol said it was an effort to avoid potential political implications for the judges who presided over local cases. Political activities include becoming a political organization, including leadership status, financing for candidates, speaking on behalf of candidates, and donating money for their favorite political purposes. I will.

“Politics has a way to infect the government. In many ways it can’t help, but this is the way we can,” said Democrat Sergol.

The Administrative Decision Bureau is hearing cases such as noise complaints, illegal housing, illegal business operations, illegal dumping into town waterways, and illegal sewer connections. We do not preside over cases involving violations of buildings or traffic regulations.

The first case was heard in September.

The offender had previously faced a judge in the Third District Court. Under state law, judicial judges are not allowed to engage in certain political activities, Mr. Sergol said. These rules do not apply to administrative law judges unless the local authorities adopt such rules.

Republican Joshua C. Price is Director and Supreme Court Judge of Administrative Law. Choose an administrative law judge whose price is part-time, not a town board.

Mara Manin Amendra, a former vice chairman of the town’s planning committee, is an administrative law judge who backs up Price.

Gregory Grisopros, two-time townboard candidate James F. Leonic, and Tammy E. Skinner have also been nominated as administrative law judges and will form a board of directors to hear the appeal.

Amendola is paid $ 25,000 annually. The Appeal Judge receives $ 3,500 annually. Price earns $ 60,000 a year in part-time positions.

“People prevent decisions that locally adopted prohibitions are affected by the donations of politics, political donors and other parties, and activities that serve the political interests of administrative law judges, especially when appointed. You have the right to be confident and reassured by knowing that you are not elected by the public like the people of the district courts by political groups. “


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