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Date: Dec. 7, 2005

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Hon. Philip Minardo Appointed to Newly Created Position of Administrative Judge for Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the designation of Hon. Philip G. Minardo as Administrative Judge of the State Supreme Court, Richmond County. The appointment, effective immediately, was made after consultation with A. Gail Prudenti, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. The title of Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court in Staten Island is a newly created position.

“Until now, every New York City borough has had its own administrative judge to supervise the operations of the courts except Staten Island,” said Judge Lippman. “It is time to give Staten Island the individualized attention and recognition it deserves, appreciating its vital place in the City and State. Judge Minardo has spent his professional career serving the residents of Staten Island, as a Supreme Court Justice, private practitioner, prosecutor and special counsel to a state senator, and has been a leading member of the Richmond County bar community for some 27 years. He possesses the requisite qualities to take on the challenges of this new post: enthusiasm, vision, keen intellect and integrity. I have no doubt that Justice Minardo will exercise these essential qualities in his new capacity as Administrative Judge to the betterment of the court community and citizens of Staten Island.”

Philip G. Minardo was elected to the State Supreme Court, Second Judicial District, in 1995 and currently sits on the court’s civil term in Staten Island. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College and Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law, he was admitted to practice before the courts of New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Justice Minardo served as Assistant District Attorney for over seven years in Richmond County, where he prosecuted major felony cases. He then entered private practice, forming his own law firm and specializing in civil and criminal trial work. During that time, he became Special Counsel to State Senator John Marchi, and served on the Board of Directors of the Richmond County Bar Association, before becoming President of the Association in 1987. Justice Minardo also served as the Staten Island representative to the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and as a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, appointed by the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

Judge Lippman added further, “I want to thank Administrative Judge Neil Firetog for undertaking until now the task of overseeing the courts in both Brooklyn and Staten Island, which combined, represent a formidable caseload. I am also grateful to Supervising Judge Leonard Rienzi of Richmond County Supreme Court, and Supreme Court Justice Christopher Mega for their past and continued contributions to court administration in the borough of Staten Island.”


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