City Commissioner Picked for Return to Family Court

, New York Law Journal

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Ronald Richter, commissioner of New York City's Administration for Children's Services, has been nominated to serve a second stint as a Family Court judge, one of four judicial nominations that will be subject to public comment at a hearing this month before the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Richter served as a judge in Queens before his appointment by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as ACS commissioner in September 2011 (NYLJ, July 28, 2011). Bloomberg is leaving office at the end of the year.

Richter was appointed to the court in 2009. Before that, he served as the city's Family Services Coordinator, monitoring coordination between different city agencies that provide aid to families. From 2005 to 2007, he was a deputy commissioner to ACS. From 1991 to 2005, he was an attorney at The Legal Aid Society.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Robert Hettleman, chief of the D.A.'s child abuse unit, has also been nominated to serve as Family Court judge.

The advisory committee will also hear comments on two nominees for Criminal Court judgeships: Laurence Busching, first deputy coordinator in the Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator, and Bruna DiBiase, who serves as chief of staff to Judge Judy Kluger, chief of policy and planning for New York's state court system.

The hearing will take place on Monday, Dec. 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, located at 40 Rector St., 6th Floor, in Manhattan.More information is available in Court Notes on page 13.

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