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I read with concern the announcement from Hon. Rolando Acosta, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, that the court will be moving from three to two sittings per week starting Jan. 1. This news comes as no surprise given how shorthanded the First Department bench is at the moment. Including Acosta, and accounting for upcoming retirements, there will be 14 First Department judges come spring 2020. If no vacancies are filled by that time, there will be six vacancies awaiting gubernatorial appointment.

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