ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct says Albany City Court Judge Thomas K. Keefe has resigned from office.
He says he misses the work he did there ensuring defendants were represented at arraignments by lawyers and helping get their lives back on track with referrals to treatment.
Mishler said Keefe has apologized for using inappropriate language. In the letter to Mayor Sheehan, Keefe said “I have acknowledged misconduct in four of the charges, including my exceedingly poor handling of a matter involving a veteran, which I consider the worst thing I have done in my 14 years as a judge.”
In one complaint against him, Keefe is quoted as saying to the Albany County DA’s office: “I’m going to be here for 10 years, and if you think that I’ve caused problems up to this moment, you haven’t seen anything, yet.”
Keefe agreed to the resignation rather than fight the allegations of misconduct in court. He also agreed to never seek a position as a judge in New York State again.
During the misconduct investigation, Keefe was no longer allowed to reside in Albany City Criminal Court.
“He decided it just made sense if he’s not going to be able to do that work, it made sense to sort of take the opportunity now and retire and resign,” Mishler said.
Local attorney Paul DerOhannesian reacted to the decision on Monday.
“Judge Keefe was a very hard working conscientious judge and certainly most of us who appeared in front of him found him to be very dedicated and interested in the work that he did,” he said. “And like any job, any profession, sometimes people go outside the lines.”
On Monday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares said, “My office will be reviewing all pertinent cases to determine if any corrective actions need to be taken. We invite others who may have been affected to contact us through their counsel.”