Add another duty for Rockland County Judge Charles Apotheker: town and village courts supervisor for the Lower Hudson Valley.
Apotheker was one of more than a dozen appointees announced Tuesday as part of a plan to upgrade local justice courts. New York’s Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman had outlined an overhaul plan two months ago, saying local courts were sorely lacking in training, financial controls and technology.
Some of the recommended changes will require money from the state Legislature, such as equipping every court with digital recorders and mandating seven weeks of training for local judges. But others, such as appointing regional supervising judges, could be done almost immediately.
Apotheker, who won election to county court last fall, will supervise town and village courts in the 9th Judicial District, which covers Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.