Justice Rosenbaum resigns after investigation into ‘abusive personal demands’

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum has officially resigned after being investigated for “abusive personal demands on staff” and “creating a hostile workplace environment for years.”

At this time, the specifics of those demands and how the hostile workplace was created, remains unknown.

Judge Rosenbaum had served as a Justice of the Supreme Court in Rochester from 2005 through 2019. He was reelected in November 2019 for a new term scheduled to commence on January 1, 2020, but he vacated his office and did not return to court or perform any other duties of his position after December 31, 2019 — which is when the investigation began.

A stipulation of Rosenbaum’s resignation is that he has agreed to never seek or accept any judicial office at any time in the future.

The complaint made against Rosenbaum alleged that for 14 years, from 2005 through 2019, he made “improper and at times abusive personal demands of court staff,” and conveyed that those demands must be met for staff to keep their jobs, which the complaint said “created a hostile workplace environment.”

“The matter against Judge Rosenbaum was of such magnitude that, notwithstanding his resignation, it was important to make sure he would never return to the bench,” said New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct Administrator Robert Tembeckjian in a statement.

In none of the provided documents were the alleged “abusive personal demands” specifically explained or detailed. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Office of Court Administration have not immediately returned a request for comment.

Although the Judicial Conduct Commission announced Rosenbaum’s resignation, the New York State Office of Court Administration says the investigation is ongoing. In a statement, an OCA official said:

“The investigation into former Justice Rosenbaum by our Inspector General remains open and active. Therefore we cannot comment further. “

Regarding the resignation, Administrative Judge Craig Doran released this statement:

“I am hopeful that today’s release of the Stipulation between Matthew Rosenbaum and the Commission on Judicial Conduct provides some clarification regarding circumstances which led to the reassignment of Justice Rosenbaum’s cases and responsibilities.

We have ensured the integrity of the court system and of the investigative process so that litigants and attorneys have confidence that their matters are being heard in the timely and thorough manner that the public should expect from their courts.”

Here is what was provided:

Press release:

Decision and order

Stipulation

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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