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Long Island Judge Under Investigation For Sexism, Favoritism Resigns

A Manorhaven Village judge, Peter Gallanter, has resigned amid a probe accusing him of making sexist remarks and fixing tickets for friends.
A Manorhaven Village judge, Peter Gallanter, has resigned amid a probe accusing him of making sexist remarks and fixing tickets for friends. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A Long Island judge has resigned after learning of a state investigation into allegations that he granted favors to friends facing the court and used sexist language toward women.

Peter Gallanter, a judge in Nassau County, in Manorhaven Village, resigned on Monday, April 5, and agreed to never "seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future," the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said on Monday, April 26.

According to the commission, in March 2021, the judge, age 60, was apprised that the commission was investigating complaints that he dismissed or reduced tickets in multiple cases for defendants with whom he had personal relationships, and repeatedly described female litigants and lawyers in demeaning and sexist terms and improperly used a security camera to record proceedings in his courtroom.

Gallanter who is an attorney had been a Justice of the Manorhaven Village Court, since 2008. His current term would have expired on July 6, 2021.

“It is intolerable for a judge to demean women with sexist language, or to bestow favors from the bench to friends," said Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian. "The complaints against Judge Gallanter were serious, and his permanent departure from the bench is appropriate.”

In the proceedings before the commission, Gallanter represented himself.

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