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Date: December 9, 1998

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Honorable Angelo J. Ingrassia Stepping Down as Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District
NEW YORK-Justice Angelo J. Ingrassia announced today that he will step down as Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, effective January 1, 1999, one year before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 76. Judge Ingrassia, who has been Administrative Judge since 1990, presides over the courts of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess Counties.

Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman lauded Judge Ingrassia as a superb Administrative Judge. "It is impossible to exaggerate Judge Ingrassia's contributions to the administration of justice in the Ninth District. Over the last eight years, he has devoted every energy to improving court operations, from overseeing the State takeover of court security, to establishing TAP Parts in civil and criminal cases, to the creation of dedicated commercial, matrimonial and domestic violence parts. His desire to facilitate an orderly transition and share his substantial administrative knowledge and expertise with his successor is characteristic of his singular commitment to the best interests of the courts of the Ninth Judicial District. I am very grateful that Judge Ingrassia will continue to serve the District while he winds up his judicial responsibilities."
Judge Lippman also announced today the appointment of the Honorable Francis A. Nicolai as the new Administrative Judge of the Ninth District, succeeding Judge Ingrassia, effective January 1, 1999. In addition, Judge Lippman named the Honorable Peter P. Rosato as Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts of the Ninth Judicial District, and the Honorable Joan O. Cooney as the Supervising Judge of the Family Courts of the Ninth Judicial District, also effective January 1st. Judge Rosato and Judge Cooney will succeed County Court Judge Joseph K. West and Family Court Judge Adrienne H. Scancarelli, whom Judge Lippman also thanked for their outstanding years of service as Supervising Judges. The appointments of Judge Nicolai, Judge Rosato and Judge Cooney were made in consultation with the Honorable Guy J. Mangano, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.

Chief Judge Kaye stated, "I want to thank Judge Ingrassia for his many years of outstanding service. Under his supervision, the Ninth District has been one of the leaders in meeting the many difficult challenges facing our courts today. I know that Judge Nicolai will perform in the great tradition of resourcefulness and innovation established by Judge Ingrassia."

Judge Lippman added, "I look forward to working with Judge Nicolai, Judge Rosato and Judge Cooney in the years ahead. I am delighted that Judge Nicolai has agreed to take on this important assignment. He is widely respected by his colleagues as an exceptional jurist with a strong commitment to a fair and efficient court process. These qualities will undoubtedly serve him well in his new role. Justice Rosato brings to the position of Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts a record of extensive experience and strong competence as a criminal judge. Judge Cooney has been an outstanding attorney, law guardian and Family Court Judge for more than 25 years. Under Judge Nicolai's leadership, I know that this new administrative team will serve as the bridge that carries the Ninth Judicial District's tradition of excellence into the next century."

Judge Nicolai has been a public servant in Westchester County for 25 years. He was appointed to the County Court in 1982 and has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court since 1991. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1961-1973, obtained his law degree from New York Law School in 1970 and entered private practice in 1973. Before ascending to the bench he also served as Staff Counsel to the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Higher Education, Hearing Officer for the New York State Office of Employee Relations and Chairman of the Westchester County Tax Commission. Judge Nicolai is married, has three children and resides in Pleasantville.

Judge Rosato joined the bench in 1981 after a 20-year career as a criminal trial attorney. He has served on the City Court of Yonkers, the Westchester County Court and as a Supreme Court Justice since 1988. Justice Rosato is a 1959 graduate of the Ohio State University Law School and a veteran of the Korean conflict. He is married, has three sons and resides in Yonkers.

Judge Cooney has been a member of the Westchester County Family Court since 1993. She received her law degree in 1971 from the Duke University Law School, after which she joined the Family Division of the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney. In 1977, she entered private practice, often specializing in family law issues. She has been professionally active in family and juvenile law issues throughout her career. Judge Cooney has three children and resides in Larchmont.

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