Wayne County judge resigns after 9-month vendetta against ex-lover, state says

Wayne County, NY -- A longtime town justice in Wayne County agreed to resign after "repeated, undignified and discourteous conduct" over at least nine months aimed at a former lover, according to a state investigation.

Gary Poole, 70, promised never to seek judicial office again as part of his resignation from the justice post he'd held since 1993.

Poole yelled "demeaning and derogatory things" about the woman and her new boyfriend in public, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct found.

He also spuriously threatened the woman with prosecution, demanded she return items he gave her and encouraged her ex-husband to wage a custody battle if Poole's items were not returned, the commission found.

Poole is not a lawyer, which is common among town justices in smaller communities.

Rose has a population of about 2,300. It is located on state Route 414, about halfway between Lake Ontario and the state Thruway.

BY DOUGLASS DOWTY ddowty@syracuse.com