NY family court judge resigns over misconduct accusations

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A family court judge in central New York resigned Monday after being accused of unwelcome kissing and other inappropriate behavior with two staff members, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct announced.

Michael Hanuszczak, a family court judge and acting state supreme court judge in Onondaga County, agreed never to seek or accept judicial office again, the commission said.

Hanuszczak was served with a formal complaint on March 8, 2019 accusing him of inappropriate conduct with two female staffers between 2011 and 2017.

According to the complaint, he kissed each of the women without their consent on more than one occasion. He asked one of the women if she knew “how to do a three-way” when she was trying to set up a conference call and told the other that he would like to date her but it would have to be discreet, the complaint said.

Hanuszczak was first elected to the family court in 2001. He was appointed acting state supreme court justice in 2004 by then Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman.

Robert Julian, an attorney for Hanuszczak, said his client “regrets the mistakes he has made, and his resignation is offered in that spirit.”