State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin (See Profile) will become the new administrative judge for the Third Judicial District on March 1. Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti (See Proflie) announced Monday that Breslin will succeed Justice Thomas Mercure (See Profile) as administrator for the courts in a seven-county Albany region.
Breslin, 67, joined the judiciary in 1990 as a Family Court judge and went on to serve for 19 years as Albany County Court judge before his election in 2011 to the Supreme Court bench. The University of Toledo College of Law graduate was previously an assistant district attorney and a public defender in Albany County.
Thomas Breslin was also in private practice in Albany at Breslin, Breslin & Breslin with his brothers Neil, a state senator, and Michael, a former Albany County executive. He will be paid $172,900 as an administrative judge, or $5,900 more than he currently makes.
Mercure, 70, stepped down from the Appellate Division, Third Department, in May 2013, after 25 years to become administrative judge (NYLJ, Aug. 9). He successfully sought recertification late last year at Prudenti’s request so he could stay on the bench until she named his replacement as administrative judge. He will retire on March 1.
Mercure said in an interview Monday that while he will take some time off immediately, he is exploring the possibility of remaining in practice in alternative dispute resolution or other areas of the law.
The Third District encompasses Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties.