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Farrell tries to remove tenants' lawyer Kenneth Rosenfeld from judge selection committee

Posted by Jane on May 12, 2000 at 23:29:24:

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New York Law Journal
Monday, May 15, 2000

Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, Manhattan Democratic party leader,
sought to remove a tenants' lawyer from a party panel, which is currently
screening candidates for Civil Court, because of unhappiness over the
lawyer's support of an insurgent candidate in 1996, several party activists
report. Mr. Farrell strongly denied that the effort to remove tenants'
lawyer, Kenneth Rosenfeld, had anything to do with Mr. Rosenfeld's
support of an opposing candidate over the one Mr. Farrell had backed
four years earlier. Instead, Mr. Farrell said he sought Mr. Rosenfeld's
removal because the lawyer recently lobbied him for funds on behalf of
the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., and this had created a
"conflict of interest." Mr. Rosenfeld is chief counsel to the improvement
group. But Curtis Arluck, the chairman of the party's Judiciary Committee,
said that the party's lawyers had examined its rules and decided Mr.
Rosenfeld could remain because lobbying is not a disqualifying factor.

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