Janet DiFiore

The New York Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to become the state's chief judge, presiding at its highest court and overseeing the statewide judiciary.

The 60-year-old DiFiore, nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, tells lawmakers she'll maintain independence from the governor and judge each case separately.

The full Senate's confirmation vote has been scheduled for Thursday.

Cuomo Picks Second Woman To Head High Court

Dec 1, 2015
Janet DiFiore

Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore as his choice as the next person to lead the state’s highest court.

Family Therapist Indicted On Sex Abuse Charges

Aug 14, 2013
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WHITE PLAINS – A licensed clinical social worker has been arraigned on a nine-count indictment charging him with sexual abuse in connection with two victims.

Mark Bernardini, 57, of 955 Peach Lake Road in North Salem was indicted on felony charges of criminal sexual act, and two counts of sexual abuse, as well as misdemeanors for forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of sexual abuse.

On May 16, it is alleged he inappropriately touched a 19-year-old woman he was counseling at his home office in North Salem.

Cuomo Appoints New Head For Troubled Ethics Board

Apr 23, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is replacing the chairwoman of the state ethics board he created more than a year ago with a lawyer who once represented Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff.

Cuomo says lawyer Daniel Horwitz, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, will take over from Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore as head of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Cuomo says DiFiore is being replaced because she's running for re-election as Westchester's top prosecutor.