New York State Court of Appeals

In a Court of Appeals decision announced Monday, the towns of Dryden and Middlefield prevailed in cases testing their zoning prohibitions against activities surrounding high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Cathryn Doyle of New Scotland challenged a ruling to revoke her judgeship based on actions she took while presiding over the Albany County Surrogate's Court. The Court of Appeals upheld the ruling to remove her from the bench.

Last week, the highest court in the state heard arguments in a case Albany County Surrogate's Court judge Cathryn Doyle brought forth to challenge a ruling that she should have her judgeship revoked.

If the state's Court of Appeals decides not to reverse lower-court decisions, the more than 70 municipal bans and many more pending could prevent gas-drilling well pads from their lands.

New York State Court of Appeals Associate Judge Victoria Graffeo was honored last week with two different awards.

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