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Kali Holloway, Deputy Director
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Date: May 27, 2009

Hon. Ann Pfau
Chief Administrative Judge

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Hon. Michael V. Coccoma Appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside New York City

NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau today announced the appointment of Hon. Michael V. Coccoma as Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside New York City. The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions of the Second, Third and Fourth Judicial Departments.

Judge Coccoma has been the Administrative Judge of the Sixth Judicial District since 2008. After earning his law degree at Albany Law School, he served in private practice and as an Otsego County Attorney, Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney. In 1995, Judge Coccoma was elected as a multi-bench judge of County Court, Family Court and Surrogate’s Court in Otsego County. Five years later, he was appointed Presiding Judge of the then newly-created Otsego County Drug Treatment Court. Judge Coccoma was appointed an Acting Supreme Court Justice in 2000 and elected to the Supreme Court in 2008. He is a member of the New York State Matrimonial Commission; Law Guardian Advisory and Rules Committee, Appellate Division, Third Department; Otsego County Children’s Center Committee; and Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee.

Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau said, “Judge Coccoma is widely recognized as an outstanding and extremely hard working jurist who has made important contributions to the administration of justice in the Sixth Judicial District. His strong commitment to public service throughout his career will serve him well as he takes on the demands of managing the courts in the 57 counties outside New York City. I am grateful he has accepted this key assignment during this particularly challenging period for New York’s courts, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity. I also want to thank Judge Plumadore for his steady and capable leadership of the courts outside New York City over the last five years. I applaud his long and distinguished record as a judge and administrator as well as his unparalleled dedication to the courts. He has my gratitude and best wishes for the future."

The appointment is effective immediately.




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