Bronx County Criminal Court Supervising Judge George Grasso. // Eagle Photo by Paula Katinas

Bronx Judge Who Pioneered Incarceration Alternatives Content on the Bench, Source Says

A Bronx criminal court judge with Queens connections is the latest leader to reportedly consider a run for Queens district attorney in 2019.

The New York Law Journal reported that George Grasso, the supervising judge of the Bronx Criminal Court has begun to consider a run for Queens District Attorney in 2019.

The report cited an unnamed source familiar with the “Queens policial scene.”

Office of Court Administration spokesperson Lucian Chalfen declined to speculate on Grasso’s future plans.

“Any discussion regarding Judge Grasso and a campaign for Queens County District Attorney is premature,” Chalfen told the Eagle. “Along with being focused on supervising the Criminal Court in the Bronx, Judge Grasso is the point person in the expansion of the highly successful opioid avoidance and recovery part he pioneered in the Bronx.”

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Queens County Criminal Court // Eagle photo by Andy Katz

Several Courtrooms Quiet During Last Week of Summer

With several judges out of their chambers and away on vacation, several courtrooms in the Queens County criminal courthouse remained quiet on Wednesday.

Justice Gregory Lasak, who recently decided to retire effective Sept. 14 and who presides over the court’s homicide part, was one of the absent judges. Cases scheduled for TAP D were moved to K22, along with the calendars for several other judges who were also away.

It remains unclear who will take over Lasak’s calendar, which includes high-profile homicide cases like that of Chanel Lewis, the man charged with killing Karina Vetrano, 30, while she was jogging in Howard Beach.

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Queens County Criminal Court // Eagle photo by David Brand

Justice Lasak Set To Resign Sept. 14

Queens Criminal Court Justice Gregory Lasak will step down from his position effective Sept. 14, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.

The decision to leave the Supreme Court bench enables Lasak to begin fundraising ahead of a potential candidacy for Queens County District Attorney in 2019.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown, 85, has held the office since 1991 and is reportedly considering retiring at the end of his current term.

Lasak, a former prosecutor in the Queens D.A.’s office, was elected Criminal Court justice in 2003 and began his first term 2004. He was reelected in 2017.

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