Friday, March 04, 2016

Former judge will monitor elections in Sullivan County 

A former state appellate judge has been appointed to monitor the Sullivan County Board of Elections, fulfilling the terms of a settlement the county entered into with Hasidic voters in Bloomingburg.

Carmen Ciparick was recommended for the position jointly by the Sullivan County Attorney's office and the attorneys representing the Hasidic voters, according to an order filed Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest. Ciparick's term will run five years, and she will monitor all elections in which Bloomingburg voters participate. The county will pay Ciparick's retainer, according to terms that have not yet been established.

A federally-appointed monitor was required when Sullivan County settled a lawsuit last month with 10 Hasidic voters in the Village of Bloomingburg who accused Sullivan County election commissioners of exercising religious discrimination when they tried to cancel more than 150 Hasidic voter registrations last year. The county will also pay $575,000 as part of the settlement, and ballots and voting materials in Bloomingburg will be printed in Yiddish starting in April.

Ciparick retired as a senior associate judge on the New York State Court of Appeals in 2012, and works for Greenberg Traurig as an advisor on appellate matters and litigation strategy, and mentors junior lawyers, according to her company biography.

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