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Court removes Astacio, and Warren begins search for successor


Letitia Astacio's struggle to keep her position as a Rochester City Court Judge has ended, and the process of choosing a successor as begun.

Astacio's 2016 conviction of a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated was followed by a series of highly publicized problems, including violations of conditional discharges and an indictment for allegedly trying to buy a shotgun, which would be a violation of probation related to her DWI conviction. Earlier this year the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended that she be removed from the bench, and yesterday, the state Court of Appeals did just that, turning down her appeal of the commission's recommendation.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will appoint Astacio's replacement. Late this morning, Warren announced that she is convening a screening committee to solicit and interview candidates. The city's corporation counsel, Tim Curtin, will chair the committee. Other members will be a representative from the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, the Rochester Black Bar Association, and the Monroe County Bar Association; a retired local judge; a practicing local attorney; and a community member.

Within 30 to 60 days, the screening committee is to forward the names of three candidates for Warren's consideration. Warren's appointee will serve at least through 2019, when he or she will need to seek election.