Queens Supreme Court Judge Leslie Leach, named to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct; 9-16-2016
Queens Supreme Court Judge Leslie Leach, named to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct; 9-16-2016 (Courtesy photo)

Veteran state judge Leslie Leach has been appointed to a vacant seat on the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on Monday announced the appointment of Leach, who has been a state Supreme Court justice in Queens since 2015. He had previously been a New York City Criminal Court judge (1993-2003) and an elected Supreme Court justice (2004-07).

From 2007 to 2015, Leach served in various capacities for Andrew Cuomo in the state attorney general’s and governor’s offices, including as appointments secretary to the governor in 2011 and 2012. He also served as a lecturer at Queens College.

Leach, 69, will replace Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Sylvia Ash on the judicial conduct commission (NYLJ, April 7) to a term ending March 31, 2020. Ash said Monday she left the panel after four months due to “personal reasons,” but did not elaborate.

Chief judges get three selections to the 11-member commission, where DiFiore’s other appointees are Appellate Division, First Department, Justice Rolando Acosta and Thomas Klonick, a Perinton Town Court justice.

Members of the commission receive expenses, but no salaries, for serving on the judicial disciplinary panel.