United States District Court for the Western District of New York

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United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Appeals to Second Circuit
Established May 12, 1900
Judges assigned 4
Chief judge Frank Paul Geraci, Jr.
Official site

The United States District Court for the Western District of New York (in case citations, W.D.N.Y.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the western parts of Upstate New York.

Appeals are taken to the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).


The Western District of New York includes the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates. It has jurisdiction over the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, and Elmira. From 1904 to 1916, the court met at the United States Post Office (Lockport, New York).

The United States Government is represented in the district by the US Attorney for the Western District of New York. The current incumbent is William J. Hochul, Jr.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
15 Chief Judge Frank Paul Geraci, Jr. Rochester 1951 2013–present 2015–present Obama
16 District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford Rochester 1966 2013–present Obama
17 District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo Buffalo 1955 2015–present Obama
18 District Judge vacant
8 Senior Judge John Thomas Curtin Buffalo 1921 1967–1989 1974–1989 1989–present L. Johnson
10 Senior Judge Michael Anthony Telesca Rochester 1929 1982–1996 1989–1995 1996–present Reagan
11 Senior Judge David G. Larimer Rochester 1944 1987–2009 1996–2002 2009–present Reagan
12 Senior Judge Richard Joseph Arcara Buffalo 1940 1988–2015 2003–2010 2015–present Reagan
13 Senior Judge William M. Skretny Buffalo 1945 1990–2015 2010–2015 2015-present G.H.W. Bush
14 Senior Judge Charles J. Siragusa Rochester 1947 1997–2012 2012–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
3 William M. Skretny Senior Status March 8, 2015

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Hazel, John R.John R. Hazel NY 1860–1951 1900–1931 McKinley, McKinley retirement
2 Adler, Simon LouisSimon Louis Adler NY 1867–1934 1927–1934 Coolidge, Coolidge death
3 Knight, JohnJohn Knight NY 1871–1955 1931–1955 1948–1955 Hoover, Hoover death
4 Rippey, Harlan WatsonHarlan Watson Rippey NY 1874–1946 1934–1936 F. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt resignation
5 Burke, Harold P.Harold P. Burke NY 1895–1981 1937–1981 1955–1967 1981–1981 F. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt death
6 Morgan, Justin ColfaxJustin Colfax Morgan NY 1900–1959 1956–1959 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
7 Henderson, John OliverJohn Oliver Henderson NY 1909–1974 1959–1974 1967–1974 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
9 Elfvin, John T.John T. Elfvin NY 1917–2009 1974–1987 1987–2007 Ford, Ford resignation

Succession of seats[edit]

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