State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise will take over Lasak’s calendar. // Photo courtesy of nycourts.gov

Judge Aloise Will Take Over ‘Mr. Murder’s’ Court Calendar

Fellow State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise will take over the calendar of Justice Gregory Lasak starting today, Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas told the Eagle Wednesday.

Zayas said that Aloise will be able to take over Lasak’s calendar with little interruption.

“He’s familiar with the cases,” Zayas said. “Every time a judge resigns, if that judge is in the middle of a hearing, there is some inherent delay [but] it won’t be anything significant.”

Unified Court System spokesperson Lucian Chalfen also confirmed that Aloise will take over the calendar in an email.

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Queens County Criminal Court // Eagle photo by David Brand

Queens DA Race Heats Up With Lasak Resignation

In the days since Queens Criminal Court Justice Gregory Lasak decided to step down from his position effective Sept. 14, the race for district attorney has begun to heat up.

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. As of press time, Lasak did not respond to requests for comment.

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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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Borough President Melinda Katz speaks during a “Know Your Rights Week” event in June. // Courtesy of the Borough President’s Office

Crime-Free Decade Lets Offenders Have Their Convictions Sealed, But Only 24 Have Benefited in Queens

It was supposed to steer people with criminal convictions toward a second chance, but so far, a state record-sealing law has been stuck in first gear. Though court officials estimated that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers with criminal convictions could potentially qualify to have their records sealed under a 2017 statute, only a few hundred have benefited statewide. In Queens, just 24 people with criminal histories have had their convictions sealed since the law went into effect, according to officials in the District Attorney’s office.

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