NY’s Highest Court Boots Rochester Judge From Bench

ROCHESTER (AP) -

An upstate judge convicted of drunken driving and deemed guilty of other misconduct was removed Tuesday from the bench by the state’s highest court, who said that the harm caused to the court was “irreparable.”

The Court of Appeals upheld the state Commission of Judicial Conduct’s recommendation that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio no longer be allowed to serve as a judge. Astacio had appealed the recommendation, saying she instead should have been censured.

The Democrat was elected to the $187,000-a-year judge’s job in 2014.