The New York Law Journal by Joel Stashenko - October 7, 2009
Supreme Court Justice Sandra L. Sgroi in Suffolk County has been appointed to the Brooklyn-based Appellate Division, Second Department, Governor David A. Paterson has announced. Justice Sgroi has been a Supreme Court justice since 2001. Her duties have included presiding over the special guardianship section in the Tenth Judicial District as well as civil, commercial and matrimonial cases. Mr. Paterson called her an "accomplished and respected" jurist. Justice Sgroi, 56, who was previously a district court judge, is a Hofstra University School of Law graduate. She replaces Robert A. Spolzino, who resigned last month after nearly nine years as a Supreme Court justice, five of those years at the Second Department. Mr. Spolzino said he was taking a partnership at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in White Plains because he could not continue to subject his family to the hardship of what has become nearly a decade without a pay raise for state judges. Appellate Division justices make $144,000 a year and their appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.