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Date: October 10, 2002

Seal of the Unified Court System
Bronx Supreme Court Administrative Judges Appointed
BRONX, NY - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointments of Hon. John P. Collins and Hon. Gerald V. Esposito as  Administrative Judges of the State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Judge Collins will head the Criminal Term of the court, while Justice Esposito will oversee the Civil Term. The appointments, which take effect immediately, were made in consultation with Presiding Justice Milton L. Williams of the Appellate Division, First Department, and with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.

Judge Lippman said, "I am proud and delighted to be able to appoint two such talented and qualified individuals to take on the critical task of leading the Bronx Supreme Court in these challenging times. They are both highly respected by their colleagues and all of the legal community. John Collins has been a superb trial judge in the Criminal Term of the Supreme Court in the Bronx for over two decades, ably supervising this division for the last three years and serving as Acting Administrative Judge since the spring. On the civil side, Gerald Esposito, a Supreme Court Justice since 1995, has demonstrated exceptional expertise in the handling of a varied and challenging civil caseload during his tenure on the bench, disposing and settling the most complex cases with fairness and efficiency. Both men are well known for their strong work ethic, knowledge of the law and impeccable integrity. The appointments of these two outstanding jurists will provide focused and energetic leadership in both the civil and criminal divisions of the court."

Judge Collins has been serving as Acting Administrative Judge in Bronx Supreme Court since April of this year and prior to that supervised the criminal division of this court, where he has been a trial judge since 1981. Judge Collins was first appointed to the bench in 1978 when he was named a New York City Criminal Court Judge and later became an Acting Supreme Court Judge in 1981. Before ascending to the bench, he was both an Assistant District Attorney and Bureau Chief in the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan. Judge Collins is a graduate of Fordham University and New York University Law School.

After several decades of private practice specializing in all aspects of civil litigation, in 1994 Gerald Esposito was elected to the State Supreme Court in the Bronx. He was assigned to a special trial part, presiding over medical malpractice, labor law, negligence and commercial cases, where he achieved an extremely high disposition and settlement rate. Justice Esposito is a member of the New York Judicial Conference Board, which helps to set overall policy for the state's judiciary. He is a  graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Fordham Business School, is a lecturer on legal topics, and has published numerous noteworthy decisions.