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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||11/05/1997 - 12/15/2012|
|Preceded by:||Michael Telesca|
|Succeeded by:||Elizabeth A. Wolford|
|Past post:||New York Supreme Court 7th Judicial District, Justice|
|Past term:||1993 - 1997|
|Undergraduate:||LeMoyne College, B.A., 1969|
|Law School:||Albany Law, J.D., 1976|
Charles J. Siragusa is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. On December 15, 2012, Siragusa assumed senior status. Prior to joining the court, Judge Siragusa served as a State Supreme Court Justice for the Seventh Judicial District of New York from 1993 to 1997.
Early life and education
Siragusa began his legal career as a assistant district attorney for the Monroe County District Attorney's Office from 1977 to 1992. In 1993, Siragua was nominated to the 7th District Supreme Court by Governor Mario Cuomo. He served in this position until 1997.
Western District of New York
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Siragusa was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 15, 1997 to a seat vacated by Michael Telesca as Telesca assumed senior status. Siragusa was confirmed by the Senate on October 30, 1997, on a 98-0-2 Senate vote and received commission on November 5, 1997. On December 15, 2012, Charles Siragusa assumed senior status for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York after serving on the court for fifteen years.
Sex change lawsuit (2009)United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Ravenwood v. Daines, 6:06-cv-06355-CJS-MWP)
On July 27, 2009, Judge Siragusa ruled that a Medicaid recipient in New York State cannot have gender re-assignment surgery paid by the government insurance program. Morgana Ravenwood sued the State of New York on claims that the state violated the 14th Amendment when denying coverage, but the judge did not believe Ravenwood's argument was proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
- United States, Current Court Vacancies
- Charles Siragusa's biography from the Federal Judicial Center]
- THOMAS, Nomination of Charles Siragusa, May 12, 2009Search for Charles Siragusa
- United States Courts, Current Vacancies
- Law.com, "Federal Judge Says State Not Obligated to Pay for Sex-Change Surgery," July 28, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of New York
Elizabeth A. Wolford
|Magistrate judges||Jonathan Feldman • Leslie Foschio • Jeremiah McCarthy • Marian Payson • Hugh Scott • Kenneth Schroeder •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|