A justice in Albany County has resigned under a stipulation with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which had accused him of favoring relatives and others appearing before him in Coeymans Town and Ravena Village courts.
Philip Crandall, who is not an attorney, agreed not to seek judicial office in New York in the future under the stipulation. He had been a justice in Coeymans since 2012 and an acting justice in Ravena since 2008. He vacated his offices on Feb. 28, the commission said Thursday.
The commission brought four charges of misconduct against Crandall in October 2013. They included allegations that Crandall advocated leniency before a fellow judge in Ravena court for a ticket given to the son of a political ally, and that he failed to disqualify himself from a case in Coeymans court, where he reduced a ticket issued to his brother-in-law.
The staff of the commission found that Crandall had “failed to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary by failing to maintain high standards of conduct” and urged that he be disciplined for misconduct. Crandall denied the misconduct charges in an answer to the charges in November 2013.
Scott Bush of Corrigan, McCoy & Bush in Rensselaer represented Crandall. Administrator Robert Tembeckjian and staff attorney Peter Pedrotty represented the commission.