From Appellate Division, Second Department
Presiding Justice Randall T. Eng of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, announced on Monday that the court will hold its first sitting at the historic Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt Dutchess County Courthouse on Oct. 24.
Located in Poughkeepsie -- approximately 90 miles from where the court generally sits at the Appellate Division courthouse in Brooklyn Heights ─ the Dutchess County Courthouse has great historical significance, both to the New York State court system generally and to the Appellate Division, Second Department, specifically.
“Last week I was honored to have the opportunity to attend the ceremony by which the Dutchess County Courthouse was dedicated to our beloved colleague, Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt,” said Presiding Justice Eng. “I know of no better way for our court to acknowledge this historic moment than to hold one of our sessions in ‘Albee’s courthouse.’”
Hon. Albert E. Rosenblatt, or “Albee” as he is affectionately known, served as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, from 1989 to 1998, when he was appointed associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.
Judge Rosenblatt retired from the bench in 2006. Ever the academician, Judge Rosenblatt continues to be a powerful force in New York state’s jurisprudence today and plans to be in attendance for the Appellate Division’s historic sit. The courthouse itself, which has been renamed for Judge Rosenblatt, was built in 1903 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
When he was chosen last fall as the presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Justice Eng recognized a need to expand the court’s practice of occasionally holding its sessions outside of the Appellate Division’s Brooklyn Heights courthouse. Earlier this year the court sat at St. John’s University School of Law, and this month the court is holding session at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
“Holding a session in a location such as Dutchess County will afford local attorneys the opportunity to present oral argument on their appeals closer to home and save them the long trek to Brooklyn,” Presiding Justice Eng noted.
The court will endeavor to fill its Oct. 24 calendar with appeals submitted by attorneys who practice in Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties, all of which are within the Second Judicial Department and are therefore included within the large geographic jurisdiction of the Brooklyn-based Appellate Division.
The October 24 court session will be presided over by Hon. Mark C. Dillon. Associate Justice Dillon, a member of the Appellate Division’s senior bench, has served on the court since his appointment in 2005 and hails from Yorktown, upper Westchester County. Joining Justice Dillon on the bench is Hon. Daniel D. Angiolillo, also a member of the court’s senior bench and a longtime resident of Westchester County; and Associate Justices Thomas A. Dickerson and Jeffrey A. Cohen, both of whom are also residents of the Ninth Judicial District.