Archive for March, 2006

2nd March

First Published in The New York Sun, March 2, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

Bronx courthouse cognoscenti are furiously attempting to determine what is behind an unusual action by the state’s Office of Court Administration that bars a well-known and powerful political operative from receiving lucrative court appointments.

On Monday, the administrative judge of the Bronx Supreme Court, Barry Salman, was directed by the first deputy chief administrative judge of New York State, Ann Pfau, to remove Stanley Schlein from the list of those eligible to receive judicial appointments. A spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, David Bookstaver, confirmed the action, which was first reported by the Riverdale Review, a Bronx weekly.

Such appointments include assignments by judges to act as a referee for real estate sales, as an arbitrator, or as a guardian for an estate. They usually require minimal work, and most often go to a small cadre of politically connected attorneys. (more…)