A village justice in Rockland County who is suffering from medical issues has agreed to retire and put an end to a Commission on Judicial Conduct investigation into whether his condition has affected his fitness for the bench.
Suffern Village Justice Richard Ackerson, 72, stipulated that he will resign when his term expires Dec. 1.
The commission has been investigating allegations that Ackerson’s undisclosed medical condition has interfered with his ability to perform his duties. In March, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti issued an order reassigning all of Ackerson’s cases to another village justice.
“In recognizing that his medical situation is such that he can no longer serve effectively on the bench, Judge Ackerson has acted in the best interests of the court system by agreeing to retire,” said Robert Tembeckjian, commission administrator and counsel. “We wish him well.”
In proceedings before the commission, Ackerson was represented by Brian Nugent, an associate with Ferrick Lynch MacCartney in South Nyack. Tembeckjian represented the commission along with principal attorney Pamela Tishman and Mark Levine, deputy administrator in charge of the New York City office. Senior investigator Ethan Beckett assisted in the investigation.