Judge Astacio shows up for work

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February 27, 2018 09:51 AM

A day after she ignored a directive to report to work at the Hall of Justice, Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio showed up for work Tuesday.

Supervising Judge Craig Doran confirmed to News10NBC that Judge Astacio arrived for work. 


Judge Doran sent a letter to Judge Astacio on Friday directing her to report to work starting Monday. Judge Astacio was a no-show Monday.

News10NBC requested a copy of the letter, but Judge Doran said it is stamped "confidential" so he did not provide us with a copy. 

For more than a year, Judge Astacio has been barred from any courtroom and from the secured area of the Hall of Justice. That happened after Judge Astacio was found guilty of violating the terms of her DWI sentence. 

When Judge Astacio returned from Thailand last June, she was arrested for missing a court-ordered alcohol test. When she was released from jail in mid-July 2017, Judge Astacio was ordered by Judge Doran to work inside a small office inside the law library on the fifth floor of the Hall of Justice. 

Judge Doran told News10NBC that she reported to work less than 30 days and has not shown up for work since Aug. 31.

In the fall, News10NBC reported that a doctor's note excused Judge Astacio from working in part because of the impact the work conditions were having on her health. 

Judge Doran would not specify what was in the letter he wrote to Judge Astacio but he said, "we have appropriately addressed ongoing issues in order that she continues to be held accountable as a public servant."

Judge Astacio makes $174,000 as an elected city court judge. She was elected in 2012. Her term expires in 2024. 

She is currently being investigated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The Commission is the only entity in New York that can remove an elected judge. 


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