Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes
|Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Bronx County Supreme Court, New York|
|Active:||2005 - 2018|
|Past position:||Judge New York City Civil Court|
|Past term:||1997 - 2004|
|Law School:||Temple Law School|
Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes is a justice of the Bronx County Supreme Court, Civil Term in the 12th Judicial District of New York. She was elected to this position in 2005 and her current term ends in 2018.
- 2005-2018: Justice, Bronx County Supreme Court
- 2001-2003: Judge, New York City Criminal Court
- 1997-2004: Judge, New York City Civil Court
- 1996-1997: Counsel to the Bronx Borough President
- 1995-1996: Attorney, Borah, Goldstein, Schwartz & Altschuler, P.C.
- 1994-1994: Bureau chief, New York State Attorney General
- 1987-1994: Senior court attorney, Justice Israel Rubin
In the news
Judge censured for having staff run errands and participate in religious activities
The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct filed a formal charge against Brigantti-Hughes on June 13, 2013. The judge was accused of using her court employees to perform personal services such as picking up her child from school and asking employees to babysit at her home or the court. In addition, she had her office secretary drive her to New Jersey to go shopping and to get her hair done during the workday. Brigantti-Hughes also had her court attorney drive her to a Home Depot during the workday to buy gardening supplies and help her repot plants for a church event. Between 2006 and 2011, the judge asked her employees at the court to assist her with various activities that were not related to work at the court less than five times a year.
Brigantti-Hughes also invited or asked court employees to participate in religious activities, including prayer sessions in her chambers during the workday and attending religious events after work. Though Brigantti-Hughes received permission to hold prayer sessions and a Bible study during lunch hours, she still invited others to pray throughout the day. She agreed with the commission that her employees might have felt obligated to attend because she was their boss.
The commission issued a determination in the matter on December 17, 2013, although it was not made public by the commission until January 9, 2014. Brigantti-Hughes was censured for her misconduct. In a statement, the commission’s administrator, Robert Tembeckjian, indicated
|“||. . .Brigantti-Hughes accepted responsibility for her actions and stopped the questionable conduct.||”|
- Official biography of the Hon. Mary Ann Brigantti-Hughes
- Supreme Court of Bronx County: 2011 Civil Division Assignment Sheet
- State of New York, Commission on Judicial Conduct, "Mary Brigantti-Hughes, Agreed Statement of Facts, June 13, 2013"
- Daily News, "Bronx judge slammed for using courthouse staff to baby-sit, chauffeur her to Home Depot," January 10, 2014
- ABA Journal, "Judge censured for asking staffers to pray, run errands," January 13, 2014
- The Daily Record, "Downstate justice censured, January 10, 2014
- New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, "Press Release: Mary Brigantti-Hughes," January 9, 2014