Third District Administrative Judge George Ceresia yesterday told colleagues that he has resigned from the position he has held since 2004. In an email to the district's judges, Ceresia (See Profile) did not explain why he quit, but said he will remain on the Supreme Court bench in Rensselaer County. David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, said a replacement "will be named in the very near future" and declined further comment.
Administrative appointments are made by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti (See Profile), in consultation with Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (See Profile) and the presiding justice of the pertinent appellate department, in this case, Presiding Justice Karen Peters of the Third Department (See Profile).
Ceresia was appointed to the administrative post by Lippman, when he was the chief administrative judge, taking charge of a sprawling, seven-county district. One of the judges under his command is his son, Andrew Ceresia, a Rensselaer County Court judge and acting Supreme Court justice.
George Ceresia is a former acting Troy City Court judge, elected North Greenbush town justice, acting Family Court judge, acting Rensselaer County Court judge and an appointed and later elected surrogate. He was elected to Supreme Court in 1994. Ceresia did not immediately return calls for comment yesterday.