The state’s high court has extended the suspensions of two judges whose legal troubles have made headlines in recent weeks: a Rochester judge convicted of driving while intoxicated, and a Suffolk County judge arrested after he was caught allegedly stealing a woman’s panties.
Rochester City Judge Leticia Astacio, who was elected to a 10-year term in 2014, was suspended from the bench last month after she was arrested for allegedly attempting to make an illegal firearms purchase, which was a violation of the terms of her probation.
But her alleged attempt to buy a shotgun from a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Henrietta was the latest in a string of legal woes for the 36-year-old judge. She twice violated the terms of her conditional sentence following her DWI conviction in 2016.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct has recommended that Astacio be removed from the bench. She has a May 24 deadline to file papers with the New York Court of Appeals to challenge its determination.
The Court of Appeals will remove her from office if she does not challenge that determination, according to a release from the commission.
The commission has not issued any rulings regarding Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale, who was arrested in March after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home. Police said he was in possession of soiled women’s underwear at the time of his arrest.
Cicale has pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary, a class-C felony.
Both judges were suspended with pay. Astacio’s salary is $187,200, and Cicale’s is $193,500.