Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
(212) 428-2500

Date: June 25, 2003

Seal of the Unified Court System
New Supervising Judge of Family Courts Appointed in the 7th Judicial District
ROCHESTER - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, in consultation with the Presiding Justice Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, today announced the appointment of Hon. Raymond E. Cornelius as the Supervising Judge of Family Courts in the Seventh Judicial District. The appointment is effective immediately and was made after extensive discussions with Hon. Joseph J. Traficanti, Jr., Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside New York City.

Judge Traficanti commented, "Judge Cornelius's judicial experience dates back over a quarter of a century, with a substantial portion of that time spent as a Family Court Judge. He has served in a judicial capacity in every county of the Seventh Judicial District and has a stellar reputation within the legal community for his integrity, fairness and keen knowledge of the law. His familiarity and sensitivity to the complex issues adjudicated in the Family Court will be a great asset to his colleagues on the bench, court administration and the general public in the Seventh District. I welcome Judge Cornelius to his new position and look forward to working with him."

Judge Cornelius was elected to the Family Court in 1977 and served as a Monroe County Family Court Judge until 1985, when he was elected a Justice of the State Supreme Court. He has presided over cases in all counties of the Seventh Judicial District, which comprises Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Seneca and Cayuga Counties. Prior to his tenure on the bench, Judge Cornelius served as First Assistant District Attorney within the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, after beginning his legal career as an associate at a Rochester law firm. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

In his new position, Judge Cornelius replaces Hon. Ann Marie Taddeo, who resigned to run for political office.