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46 Nassau Law. 1 (1998)

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sTHE JOURNAL OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION OF NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y., INC.
Vol. 46 No. 1                   hltp:l/www.nassaubar.org               January 1998
Justice Collins Feted

On November 21,1997, more than 250
guests, including jurists, attorneys, law
school deans and public officials partici-
pated in a tribute to Justice Patricia D.
Collins, who will end 25 years of judicial
service on December 31, 1997. Justice
Collins has served on the Nassau County
District Court, Family Court, Supreme
Court and Appellate Term for the 9th and
10th Judicial District. Prior to ascending
the Bench she served as Confidential Law
Secretary to Supreme Court Justice
Steven B. Derounlan; Deputy Town
Attorney in the Town of Hempstead and
Counsel to the Zoning Board of that
Town.
Members of the Committee who
arranged the reception were Peter
Affatato; Peter S. Williams, Law Secretary

to justice Collins; Maryanne Cerny,
Secretary to Justice Collins; Kathy
Hopkins, Law   Secretary to Justice
McCabe, and Court Clerk Tony infuma.
The program, which was held at the
Nassau County Bar Association, Includ-
ed many laudatory and humorous re-
marks made by the speakers, including
Justice Guy Mangano, Presiding Justice
of the Appellate Division, Second
Department; Justice Edward McCabe,
Administrative  Judge  for Nassau
County; Justice Andrew J. DiPaola,
Presiding Justice of the Appellate Tenn;
Justice Angelo J. Ingrassia, Aaministra-
five Judge for Westchester County, who
serves on ije Appellate Term with Justice
Collins; and Justice Leo F. McGinlty, for-
Contiomed on page 18

jusow uuy Maganlnu, rreuslng uuaueu, Appwurne UtVItflon, Nonu upr.;
Judge Collins; Judge Edward McCabe Administrative Judge, Nassau County;
Peter Affatato, Mary Anne Cerny; Rear: Justice Leo McGinlty Appellate
Division; Justice Andrew J. DIPsola, Administrative Judge, Appellate Term,
Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts; Peter S. Williams, Justice Angelo
Ingrasusi, Administrative Judge, Ninth Judicial District.

Court Restructuring Hearing I                     I

By Arlene Zalayet
On December 2,1997, the New York
State Legblaure held a Joint Senate and
Asembl-y Judidary Committee Hearing.
The hearing was chaired by New York
State Senator James Lack, who is the
chair of the State Senate Judiciary
Committee, and Assembly member
I-

sponsor of a proposed State Senate bill
which in essence would convert the cur-
rent multi-ourt system Into a two court
system. Under the proposal, the only
courts in the state would be a Supreme
Court and a District Court. Presumably,
matters which are currently determined
in the County Courts, Civil Courts,
Surrogate Courts, Court of Claims and

Helene Weinstein, who is the Chair of the
State Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The hearing panel also included State
Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assembly-
man David Sldlkman, who is a practicing
attorney and a member of the Nassau
County Bar Association. The hearing fo-
cused upon legislative proposals which
seek to reorganize the New York State
Court System. Senator Lack is a leading

Family Courts would be determined un-
der the proposals in the omnibus
Supreme Court. The legislation proposes
to increase the jurisdictonal limits of the
District Court to include civil cases with
ad damnum clauses up to fifty thousand
dollars. Significantly, the legislative
ropositions also would create a Fifth
Department and would provide for man-
dated state funding for legal services for
the poor.
Honorable Justice Guy J. Mangano
was the lead-off witness. Justice
Mangano offered testimony in favor of
the creation of a Fifth Department.
Justice Mangano suggested that the Fifth
Department could be comprised of
Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
He also suggested that the Fifth
Department courthouse could be located
in Uniondale inasmuch as the Federal
courts, which are now in Uniondale, may
be scheduled to be relocated to the court
complex under construction in Central
Islip in Suffolk County

Thomas Mallgno, Esq., who heads the
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services program,
offered the legislators compelling evi-
dence regarding the need for state fund-
ed legal services programs. Tom and a
client of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services
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