United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (in case citations, N.D.N.Y.) serves one of the 94 judicial districts in the United States and one of four in the state of New York. The Interim U.S. Attorney for the district is Antoinette T. Bacon since September 2, 2020. Appeals from the Northern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the four districts of New York, the District of Connecticut and the District of Vermont (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
|United States District Court for the Northern District of New York|
|Location||James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Second Circuit|
|Established||April 9, 1814|
|Chief Judge||Glenn T. Suddaby|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Antoinette T. Bacon|
|U.S. Marshal||David McNulty|
Its jurisdiction comprises the counties of Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, and Washington.
The court has offices in Albany, Binghamton, Plattsburgh, Syracuse, and Utica. The court also holds court at facilities in Watertown. The court accepts filings from members of the bar through an automated case management system CM/ECF over the Internet.
The Northern District is a successor to the original District of New York, which was split into Northern and Southern Districts on April 9, 1814. The United States District Court for the District of New York was the first District Court ever convened under the sovereignty of the United States, with Judge James Duane presiding on November 3, 1789. The Northern District was split again in 1900, giving rise to the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The first judge in the Northern District of New York was Matthias Burnett Tallmadge. The district now covers thirty-two counties in upstate New York, with an extensive border with Canada to the north.
As of January 1, 2016[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|25||Chief Judge||Glenn T. Suddaby||Syracuse||1956||2008–present||2015–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|23||District Judge||David N. Hurd||Utica||1937||1999–present||—||—||Clinton|
|26||District Judge||Mae D'Agostino||Albany||1954||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|27||District Judge||Brenda K. Sannes||Syracuse||1958||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|17||Senior Judge||Thomas James McAvoy||Binghamton||1938||1986–2003||1993–2000||2003–present||Reagan|
|19||Senior Judge||Frederick Scullin||Syracuse||1939||1992–2006||2000–2006||2006–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|21||Senior Judge||Lawrence E. Kahn||Albany||1937||1996–2007||—||2007–present||Clinton|
|22||Senior Judge||Norman A. Mordue||Syracuse||1942||1998–2013||2006–2011||2013–present||Clinton|
|24||Senior Judge||Gary L. Sharpe||Albany||1947||2004–2016||2011–2015||2016–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancies and pending nominationsEdit
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|5||Albany||Gary L. Sharpe||Senior status||January 1, 2016||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Matthias B. Tallmadge||NY||1774–1819||1814–1819[Note 1]||—||—||Operation of law||resignation|
|2||Roger Skinner||NY||1773–1825||1819–1825[Note 2]||—||—||Monroe||death|
|3||Alfred Conkling||NY||1789–1874||1825–1852[Note 3]||—||—||J.Q. Adams||resignation|
|4||Nathan K. Hall||NY||1810–1874||1852–1874||—||—||Fillmore||death|
|5||William James Wallace||NY||1837–1917||1874–1882||—||—||Grant||elevation to 2d Cir.|
|6||Alfred Conkling Coxe Sr.||NY||1847–1923||1882–1902||—||—||Arthur||elevation to 2d Cir.|
|7||George W. Ray||NY||1844–1925||1902–1925[Note 4]||—||—||T. Roosevelt||death|
|9||Frederick Howard Bryant||NY||1877–1945||1927–1945[Note 5]||—||—||Coolidge||death|
|10||Stephen W. Brennan||NY||1893–1968||1942–1963||1948–1963||1963–1968||F. Roosevelt||death|
|11||Edward S. Kampf||NY||1900–1971||1946–1948||—||—||Truman||resignation|
|12||James Thomas Foley||NY||1910–1990||1949–1980||1963–1980||1980–1990||Truman||death|
|13||Edmund Port||NY||1906–1986||1964–1976||—||1976–1986||L. Johnson||death|
|14||Howard G. Munson||NY||1924–2008||1976–1990||1980–1988||1990–2008||Ford||death|
|15||Neal Peters McCurn||NY||1926–2014||1979–1993||1988–1993||1993–2014||Carter||death|
|16||Roger Miner||NY||1934–2012||1981–1985||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 2d Cir.|
|18||Constantine George Cholakis||NY||1930–1996||1986–1996||—||1996–1996||Reagan||death|
|20||Rosemary S. Pooler||NY||1938–present||1994–1998||—||—||Clinton||elevation to 2d Cir.|
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 20, 1805, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 23, 1805, and received commission on January 17, 1806.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 3, 1820, confirmed by the Senate on January 5, 1820, and received commission the same day.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 13, 1825, confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 1825, and received commission the same day.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 2, 1902, confirmed by the Senate on December 8, 1902, and received commission the same day.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 6, 1927, confirmed by the Senate on December 19, 1927, and received commission the same day.
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seatsEdit