Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division Second Judicial DepartmentSupreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division Second Judicial Department
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Justices of the Court

Hon. Francesca E. Connolly

Judicial Offices

Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, February 2016 to present

Associate Justice, Appellate Term, Second Department, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, December 2014 to February 2016

Justice, Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District, Westchester County, Appointed by Governor David Paterson, June 2009; Elected, 2010 to 2023

Environmental Claims Part, Ninth Judicial District, 2014 to February 2016

Compliance Conference Part, Westchester County Supreme Part, October 2011 to February 2016

Individual Assignment Part, Westchester County Supreme Court-Civil, January 2013 to February 2016

Supervising Judge, Matrimonial Part, Westchester County Supreme Court, January 2011 to December 2012

Town Justice, Town of Ossining, Elected, January 2006 to June 2009

Acting Judge, City Court of Mount Vernon, Appointed by Administrative Judge for the Ninth Judicial District, Hon. Francis Nicolai, 2009

Acting Justice, Village of Ossining, Appointed by Administrative Judge for the Ninth Judicial District, Hon. Francis Nicolai, 2008

Other Professional Experience

Malapero & Prisco, LLP, Partner, 2003 to 2009

Gallina & Connolly, Trial Counsel, 1989 to 2003

Mac Cartney, Mac Cartney, Kerrigan & Mac Cartney, Associate, 1985 to 1989

New York City Department of Probation, Assistant General Counsel, 1982 - 1983 and, 1984 to 1985

Family Court of the State of New York, Queens County, Law Assistant to Deputy Administrative Judge of Queens County Family Court, 1983 to 1984

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1983

United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1983

United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1983

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Court, 1983

Supreme Court of the United States, 1990


J.D., Pace University School of Law, 1982

B.A., State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude, 1979

Publications & Leading Cases

Margaret A. v Shawn B., 31 Misc 3d 769, 921 NYS2d 476 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2011)

Gaetano D. v Antoinette D., 37 Misc 3d 990, 955 NYS2d 752, 2012 NY Slip Op 2286 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2012)

S.B. v W.A., 38 Misc 3d 780 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2012)

In re Aerco Intern, Inc., 40 Misc. 3d 571 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2013)

Matter of Michael Rotanelli v. Westchester County Board of Elections, 41 Misc 3d 254 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2013), aff'd 109 AD3d 562 (2nd Dept 2013)

HSBC Bank, USA v SSSR, Inc., 41 Misc 3d 863 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2013).

Rye Police Association v Chittenden, 43 Misc 3d 471 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v Casanova, 43 Misc 3d 582 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

Scott v City of New Rochelle, 44 Misc 3d 366 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

Wells Fargo Bank, NA v Gonsalves, 44 Misc 3d 531 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

Bibbins v Sayegh, 2014 NY Slip Op 24206 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

Palm v Tuckahoe Union Free Sch. Dist., 2014 NY Slip Op 24220 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

Edwards v City of Mount Vernon, 2014 N.Y. Slip Op 24319 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2014).

Coscia v ElJamal, 48 Misc 3d 361 (Sup Ct Westchester Co 2015).

Toll Land V Ltd. Partnership v Planning Bd. of Village of Tarrytown, 49 Misc 3d 662 (Sup Ct. Westchester Co 2015).

Mazzella v Bedford Cent. School Dist., 49 Misc 3d 675 (Sup Ct. Westchester Co. 2015).

Commandeer Realty Associates, Inc. v Allegro, 49 Misc 3d 891 (Sup Ct Orange Co 2015).

Professional & Civic Activities

Lecturer, 2013 CPLR Update, Westchester County Bar Association, May 19, 2014; White Plains Bar Association, March 6, 2014; Mt Vernon Bar Association June 17, 2014

Lecturer, Recognition of Foreign Divorce Decrees and Enforcement of Foreign Support Orders, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers June Retreat, June 29, 2013

Lecturer, 2013, 2012, and 2011 New Judges Seminar, Matrimonial Basics for New Judges, New York State Judicial Institute, January 4, 2013, January 5, 2012, and January 5, 2011

Lecturer, ABC’s of Matrimonial Law, Pace Women’s Justice Center, June 21, 2012

Lecturer, Interplay Between Family Court and Supreme Court in Family and Matrimonial Cases, Westchester County Bar Association, Family and Domestic Relations Law Section, June 5, 2012

Lecturer, How to Do Your Part to Make the Matrimonial Part Run Smoothly, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Family and Domestic Relations Law Section, May 15, 2012

Lecturer and Moot Court Judge, Pre-Trial Litigation Simulation, Pace University School of Law, December 5, 2011

Lecturer, Recent Developments in Matrimonial Law, Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender Fairness in the Courts, September 13, 2011

Lecturer, A View From the Bench in Matrimonial Cases, Pace University School of Law Matrimonial Practice, June 29, 2011

Lecturer, Appearing Before the Matrimonial Bench in Westchester, Do’s and Don’ts, Westchester County Bar Association, Family and Domestic Relations Law Section, March 30, 2011

Lecturer, Judicial Ethics-Winding Down Your Law Practice, New York State Judicial Institute, November 29, 2010

Panelist, “Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef—Local Court Consolidation, February 4, 2010

Lecturer, Small Claims, Continuing Judicial Education, New York State Judicial Institute

Lecturer, Building and Demolishing a Construction Accident Case, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, October 4, 2004

Lecturer, Civil Practice-Taking Depositions, Pace University School of Law, April 22, 1998

Honoree, Brehon Law Society of Westchester County, March 7, 2013

Co-Chair, Access to Justice Task Force, Sub-Committee on Divorce, 2012 to 2014

Director, White Plains Bar Association, 2013 to present

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Augustine’s Parish Conference, Board Member, 2013 to present

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award, Sing Sing Correctional Officers, 2010

Member, Westchester County Bar Association, Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society

Ossining Youth Court Advisory Board, 2009 to 2011

Deputy Town Supervisor, Town of Ossining, 2003 to 2005; Town of Ossining Council Member, Elected, 2000 to 2005; Town of Ossining Planning Board Member, 1997 to 1999

President and Vice President, Ossining PTA Council, 1997 to 1999

Founding Member, Ossining Youth Hockey Association

Founding Member and President, Team Westchester Hockey Association, 1996 to 2001

Governor of the Year Award, Long Island Hockey League, 1999
Fordham Prep Hockey Hall of Fame, 2010

Secretary and Treasurer, Westchester County Magistrates Association, 2008 to 2009