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Justice Egan to retire from supreme court

David D. Egan

Monroe County Supreme Court Justice David D. Egan will retire at the end of the week after 31 years of judicial service.

Justice Egan is working beyond age 70 under a two-year certified extension that expires at the end of this year, but he noted the fiscal year starts April 1.

He is looking forward to good weather and playing tennis. He also expects to watch a lot of soccer games and tennis matches.

“Judicial service is both satisfying and constructive,” Justice Egan said. “Working with truly good people in the courthouse was an added bonus.”

Justice Egan was appointed to the state supreme court in 2000 by then-Gov. George Pataki and elected to the post later that year, representing the Seventh Judicial District, which includes Monroe, Cayuga, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.

Justice Egan served as a Monroe County Court judge from 1984 to 2000, and as Gates town justice, 1980-93. He presided over criminal proceedings for the majority of his judicial tenure. Prior to election to the bench full-time, he practiced general law for 16 years.

“I’m proud of my whole career,” Justice Egan said. “It’s been a very satisfying career.”

Since he was on certificated status, his departure does not create a vacancy.

Judge Craig J. Doran, administrative judge for the Seventh Judicial District, said Justice Egan has always been dependable and that he has been a model people look up to.

“Though I certainly haven’t worked with him, in my capacity as administrative judge, as long as others have, I’ve been a colleague of his for a long time and have always looked to him as one of the experts in the field,” Justice Doran said.