United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
LocationJames T. Foley U.S. Courthouse
More locations
Appeals toSecond Circuit
EstablishedApril 9, 1814
Chief JudgeGlenn T. Suddaby
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyCarla B. Freedman
U.S. MarshalDavid McNulty

The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (in case citations, N.D.N.Y.) serves one of the 94 judicial districts in the United States and one of four in the state of New York. Appeals from the Northern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the four districts of New York, the District of Connecticut and the District of Vermont (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The U.S. Attorney for the district is Carla B. Freedman since October 8, 2021.[1]

Its jurisdiction comprises the counties of Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, and Washington.

The court has offices in Albany, Binghamton, Plattsburgh, Syracuse, and Utica. The court also holds court at facilities in Watertown. The court accepts filings from members of the bar through an automated case management system CM/ECF over the Internet.


The Northern District is a successor to the original District of New York, which was split into Northern and Southern Districts on April 9, 1814. The United States District Court for the District of New York was the first District Court ever convened under the sovereignty of the United States, with Judge James Duane presiding on November 3, 1789. The Northern District was split again in 1900, giving rise to the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The first judge in the Northern District of New York was Matthias Burnett Tallmadge. The district now covers thirty-two counties in upstate New York, with an extensive border with Canada to the north.

Current judges

As of January 1, 2016:

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
25 Chief Judge Glenn T. Suddaby Syracuse 1956 2008–present 2015–present G.W. Bush
23 District Judge David N. Hurd Utica 1937 1999–present Clinton
26 District Judge Mae D'Agostino Albany 1954 2011–present Obama
27 District Judge Brenda K. Sannes Syracuse 1958 2014–present Obama
28 District Judge vacant
17 Senior Judge Thomas James McAvoy Binghamton 1938 1986–2003 1993–2000 2003–present Reagan
19 Senior Judge Frederick Scullin Syracuse 1939 1992–2006 2000–2006 2006–present G.H.W. Bush
21 Senior Judge Lawrence E. Kahn Albany 1937 1996–2007 2007–present Clinton
22 Senior Judge Norman A. Mordue Syracuse 1942 1998–2013 2006–2011 2013–present Clinton
24 Senior Judge Gary L. Sharpe Albany 1947 2004–2016 2011–2015 2016–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Prior judge's duty station Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
5 Albany Gary L. Sharpe Senior status January 1, 2016 Anne M. Nardacci May 19, 2022
3 Utica David N. Hurd TBD[2]

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Matthias B. Tallmadge NY 1774–1819 1814–1819[Note 1][Note 2] Jefferson/Operation of law resignation
2 Roger Skinner NY 1773–1825 1819–1825[Note 3] Monroe death
3 Alfred Conkling NY 1789–1874 1825–1852[Note 4] J.Q. Adams resignation
4 Nathan K. Hall NY 1810–1874 1852–1874 Fillmore death
5 William James Wallace NY 1837–1917 1874–1882 Grant elevation to 2d Cir.
6 Alfred Conkling Coxe Sr. NY 1847–1923 1882–1902 Arthur elevation to 2d Cir.
7 George W. Ray NY 1844–1925 1902–1925[Note 5] T. Roosevelt death
8 Frank Cooper NY 1869–1946 1920–1941 1941–1946 Wilson death
9 Frederick Howard Bryant NY 1877–1945 1927–1945[Note 6] Coolidge death
10 Stephen W. Brennan NY 1893–1968 1942–1963 1948–1963 1963–1968 F. Roosevelt death
11 Edward S. Kampf NY 1900–1971 1946–1948 Truman resignation
12 James Thomas Foley NY 1910–1990 1949–1980 1963–1980 1980–1990 Truman death
13 Edmund Port NY 1906–1986 1964–1976 1976–1986 L. Johnson death
14 Howard G. Munson NY 1924–2008 1976–1990 1980–1988 1990–2008 Ford death
15 Neal Peters McCurn NY 1926–2014 1979–1993 1988–1993 1993–2014 Carter death
16 Roger Miner NY 1934–2012 1981–1985 Reagan elevation to 2d Cir.
18 Constantine George Cholakis NY 1930–1996 1986–1996 1996–1996 Reagan death
20 Rosemary S. Pooler NY 1938–present 1994–1998 Clinton elevation to 2d Cir.
  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 20, 1805, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 23, 1805, and received commission on January 17, 1806.
  2. ^ Reassigned from the District of New York.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 3, 1820, confirmed by the Senate on January 5, 1820, and received commission the same day.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 13, 1825, confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 1825, and received commission the same day.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 2, 1902, confirmed by the Senate on December 8, 1902, and received commission the same day.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 6, 1927, confirmed by the Senate on December 19, 1927, and received commission the same day.

Chief judges

Chief Judge
Brennan 1948–1963
Foley 1963–1980
Munson 1980–1988
McCurn 1988–1993
McAvoy 1993–2000
Scullin 2000–2006
Mordue 2006–2011
Sharpe 2011–2015
Suddaby 2015–present

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ "Carla B. Freedman is Sworn in as United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York". www.justice.gov. October 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies
  3. ^ An Act for the better organization of the courts of the United States within the State of New York . April 9, 1814 – via Wikisource.