Judge Doran announced the decision Nov. 28, following Astacio’s recent court appearance for violating the terms of her conditional discharge, after receiving a DWI conviction in August.
“Judge Astacio is no longer assigned any work in her role as Rochester City Court Judge,” Doran stated. “In addition, she is no longer allowed access to any non-public area of any courthouse, while she attends to personal matters.”
As an elected official, Astacio will reportedly still receive her annual salary of $173,700.
In addition, the only change in her status as a judge will reportedly come directly from the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Earlier this month, Astacio posted a public apology for her actions on Facebook. Initially, she was charged with a DWI in February.
(From Oct. 12) – Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio returned to court Tuesday, for possibly violating the terms of her conditional discharge, following a DWI conviction she received in August.
Astacio, 35, has allegedly committed the violation by attempting to start her car with a blood alcohol level that was above .05, on Sept. 12.
According to prosecutors, Astacio then had her daughter blow into the ignition interlock device she was ordered to have installed in her vehicle, so that her daughter could start the car and drive.
“That’s very disturbing to the court,” Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Aronson, the judge presiding over the case, stated.
Aronson has been assigned to the case in order to prevent any conflicts of interest.
However, Astacio’s attorney, Ed Fiandach, said it was unclear whether or not drinking alcohol had been a condition of Astacio’s sentence.
But, prosecutors said that was exactly the case.
As a result, Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Zach Maurer, the outside prosecutor handling the case, has currently requested Astacio be required to attend a drug and alcohol treatment program.
Prosecutors also said, on another occasion, Astacio blew a .02 into the ignition device.
The case has presently been adjourned until Nov. 16.
In February, Astacio was ticketed and charged with DWI, while on her way to court, after troopers were called to Interstate-490, where she had apparently been involved in a one-car accident.