Norfolk Justice Resigns During State Investigation

Norfolk Justice Resigns During State Investigation

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A Norfolk town justice has stepped down after more than 30 years on the bench amid accusations he wrongly ordered an eviction.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Friday the resignation of Justice Donald Lustyik as of October 31.

Lustyik had served as town justice since 1986. His current term would have expired at the end of 2021.

He has agreed to never serve in a judicial office again.

The commission notified him in August that it was investigating the complaint, which alleged he ordered an eviction in a landlord-tenant dispute without giving the tenants a chance to tell their side.

Lustyik was disciplined by the commission once before. He was admonished in 2014 for allegedly helping an acquaintance advance private interests.

In his resignation letter, dated September 30, Lustyik told town officials "after over 30 good years on the bench and 78 years old, I would like to enjoy a little retirement time."

Lustyik wrote he made his decision to resign "after many months of thought and the options I have been afforded recently."

Lustyik had been scheduled to testify before the commission in September, but tendered his resignation instead.

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