CAPITAL REGION -- A state Supreme Court judge from Schenectady County has been named the new deputy chief administrative judge for state courts outside New York City.
Judge Vito C. Caruso was named to the new role on Monday by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, the state Office of Court Administration announced.
In his new capacity, Caruso will manage day-to-day operations of the state courts in all 57 counties outside New York City, overseeing a system with about 700 state-paid judges and 5,500 non-judicial employees. He succeeds Judge Michael V. Coccoma, who is returning to a trial court role after holding the job for a decade.
Most recently, Caruso has served as the administrative judge for the Fourth Judicial District, which covers northeastern New York from Schenectady County to the Canadian border. He was also Coccomo's chief deputy judge.
Caruso was first elected to a state Supreme Court seat in 1994, and re-elected in 2008. He has been the district's administrative judge since 2004. Prior to his election, Caruso was in private practice in Schenectady with Wemple & Caruso, and served as counsel to the town of Duanesburg, an assistant Schenectady County attorney, and a minority counsel in the state Assembly.
"Judge Caruso is widely recognized as an outstanding judge and administrator," Marks said in announcing the appointment.
The appointment takes effect on July 1.