As a matter of background, it had been first announced that Manhattan Administrative Judge Jacqueline W. Silbermann, the deputy chief administrative judge for matrimonial matters, was going to leave her post in December. The "official story" was that she really only stayed on because Chief Judge Kaye "asked" her to stay on last year. The "REAL STORY" is that she was told she'd get the boot from the administrative post and return to a regular calander by year's end, so she "decided" to take a job a Blank Rome. And in mid-October, it was revealed that 9th Judicial District Administrative Judge Francis Nicolai, was told that he was no longer welcome as the administrator of anything. He was also told to move out of his "shrine-like" administrative offices by the end of December.
It now seems, through sources, that Judge Nicolai has been attempting to negotiate a promotion for himself, to a statewide post equal to a deputy chief administrative level position. And that will make him happy, sources say, as long as he gets to maintain a Westchester office, where he feels most at home. It's also rumored, from folks on Madison Avenue at 25th Street, that he's even petitioned former Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman to take on his cause. Judge Lippman, understandingly, has been too busy dealing with important court business to really focus on Judge Nicholai's "dreams," and as one clerk described it. The clerk, who asked not to be identified because he likes his job, says Nicolai sees the normal accolades, "...since he was such a great administrator in the 9th, the entire state should have him..." Smiling, the clerk cautions, "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. Nicholai out as Administrative Judge of Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland, Putnam and Orange, but back in a higher position over all state affairs." It could be a very scary halloween.