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Lyons judge resigns, agrees to never seek judicial office again

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced today that Larry D. Hartwell, a Justice of the Lyons Town Court resigned while under investigation by the Commission.

In March 2021, the judge was apprised that the Commission was investigating complaints alleging that he engaged repeatedly in unauthorized ex parte communications and gave the appearance of bias in a small claims matter.

Judge Hartwell, who left office on April 9, 2021, agreed never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. The Commission accepted a stipulation to that effect signed by the judge and the Commission’s Administrator and closed its investigation.

Hartwell is not an attorney and had been a Justice of the Lyons Town Court since 2012. His current term would have expired on December 31, 2023.