- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s highest court has refused to reinstate a village justice from Rockland County after finding he used his position to bully and intimidate other municipal officials.

The court found Thursday that Alan M. Simon, a justice of the Spring Valley Village Court since 2005 and the Ramapo Town Court since 2011, engaged in a “pattern of calculated misconduct.”

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct determined this spring that Simon should be ousted. Simon appealed to the Court of Appeals, asking the court to impose censure instead.

In its decision the court said Simon threatened people with contempt without reason, was in a physical altercation with a student worker and engaged in “name calling” and what the court termed “ethnic smearing.”

His attorney, Lawrence Mandelker, says his client is disappointed.

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