Eric N. Vitaliano

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Eric Nicholas Vitaliano
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Assumed office
February 28, 2017
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
In office
January 19, 2006 – February 28, 2017
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Arthur Donald Spatt
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 59th district
In office
January 1, 1983 – December 31, 1992
Preceded by Victor L. Robles
Succeeded by Elizabeth Connelly
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 60th district
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 2001
Preceded by Robert A. Straniere
Succeeded by Matthew Mirones
Personal details
Born Eric Nicholas Vitaliano
(1948-02-27) February 27, 1948 (age 69)
Staten Island, New York
Education Fordham University B.A.
New York University School of Law J.D.

Eric Nicholas Vitaliano (born February 27, 1948 in Staten Island, New York) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is of Italian descent.

Education and career[edit]

Vitaliano received a Bachelor's degree degree from Fordham College in 1968 and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law in 1971. After law school, Vitaliano clerked for United States District Judge Mark A. Constantino of the Eastern District of New York, and worked for seven years for the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. From 1979 to 1981 he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman John M. Murphy.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2001, sitting in the 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd and 194th New York State Legislatures. In 1997, he ran for Congress in 13th District, but was defeated by Republican Vito Fossella.[1] In November 2001, Vitaliano was elected to the New York City Civil Court.

Federal judicial service[edit]

In 2005, he was recommended to the Eastern District bench by Senator Charles Schumer. Vitaliano was officially nominated to the court by President George W. Bush on October 6, 2005, to the seat vacated by Arthur Donald Spatt, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 2005, and received his commission on January 19, 2006. He assumed senior status on February 28, 2017.

Notable case[edit]

In July 2011, wide attention came to his injunction that essentially nullified a set of decisions by the federal, state and city governments over the last years, which had removed two historic buildings from classification as federally designated parkland. One, the Tobacco Warehouse, a Civil War-era structure in Dumbo, was on the verge of conversion to the new home of Brooklyn's leading theater company. Judge Vitaliano held it was “crystal clear” that the National Park Service and others had exceeded their authority.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duos and Bandwagons In Staten Island Race by Jonathan P. Hicks, in the New York Times on August 23, 1997
  2. ^ "Ruling Ends Theater’s Bid for Brooklyn Waterfront". New York Times. July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Victor L. Robles
New York State Assembly
59th District

1983–1992
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Connelly
Preceded by
Robert A. Straniere
New York State Assembly
60th District

1993–2001
Succeeded by
Matthew Mirones
Legal offices
Preceded by
Arthur Donald Spatt
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
2006–2017
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