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Judge Astacio gets letter ordering her to work, but she's a no-show

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February 26, 2018 07:23 PM

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio was ordered to go to work Monday, but she never showed up.  

News10NBC learned that Supervising Judge Craig Doran sent Judge Astacio a letter on Friday directing her to show up to work Monday morning. Judge Doran told News10NBC that Judge Astacio did not report. 

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Judge Astacio has not reported to work since Aug 31.

Judge Doran says the letter is marked confidential so he would not release, but on the phone he said the letter directed Judge Astacio to report to work at the Hall of Justice at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

"To my knowledge, she has not reported to work in accordance with her responsibilities today," Judge Doran said. 

Since her arrest last June, after returning from Thailand and missing a court-ordered alcohol test, Judge Astacio was assigned to work inside a small office in the law library on the fifth floor of the Hall of Justice. 

After she got out of jail in mid-July, Judge Astacio showed up to work less than 30 days. 

Starting in September, the court got doctor's notes excusing Judge Astacio from work because of the impact the small office was having on her health.

Based on the letter he wrote to Judge Astacio on Friday, Judge Doran said, "we have appropriately addressed ongoing issues in order that she continues to be held accountable as a public servant."

Judge Doran would not go on the record to say what the changes he made to Judge Astacio's work arrangement at the Hall of Justice. 

Judge Astacio was convicted of DWI in August 2016. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her sentence at least twice. She's being investigated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The Commission is the only entity in New York State that can strip a judge from his or her duties. 

Judge Astacio was elected in 2012. As a City Court Judge she makes $174,000 a year. Her term expires in 2024. 

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