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Date: January 31, 2000

Seal of the Unified Court System
James Tormey Named 5th District Administrative Judge
NEW YORK - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. James C. Tormey as Administrative Judge for the Fifth Judicial District. The appointment, which is effective immediately, was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and in consultation with Hon. Samuel L. Green, the Acting Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

Judge Lippman said, "Judge Tormey has long been a highly respected member of the legal community in the Fifth Judicial District, having a distinguished career as a lawyer, legislator and judge. Judge Tormey's strong professional qualifications and leadership skills make him ideally suited to serve as Administrative Judge and to lead the Fifth District into the twenty-first century. I am delighted that Judge Tormey has accepted this important and challenging assignment and have every confidence that he will be a resourceful and innovative administrator who will bring great credit to the court system and the public that it serves."

Prior to his election to the State Supreme Court in 1995, Judge Tormey had served as a City Court judge in Syracuse for seven years and had been a member of the Onondaga County Legislature for ten years. After graduating from Syracuse College of Law and the State University of New York at Cortland, Judge Tormey went into private practice, handling both criminal and civil matters. He is married and has two children.

In his new position, Judge Tormey replaces Hon. William R. Roy, who is retiring as Administrative Judge but who will continue to sit on the Supreme Court bench.

"I want to thank Judge William Roy for his decades' of hard work and dedication to the court system," said Judge Lippman. "Having served nearly 23 years as Administrative Judge for the Fifth Judicial District, Judge Roy earns the distinction as the longest acting administrative judge in the state and deserves our congratulations and gratitude. The extraordinary length of his service is only matched by his unparalleled knowledge of the courts and his legendary devotion to the well-being of the citizens of central New York".