judge john ark Monroe County Democratic leaders head back to court over Board of Elections appointment By James Brown • Aug 12, 2020 James Brown / WXXI News State Supreme Court Justice John Ark is scheduled to hear an update Friday on a lawsuit filed this spring about the process of appointing a Democratic Monroe County elections commissioner. Listen Listening... / 1:21 A motion in the Monroe County Legislature put City Councilmember Jackie Ortiz’s bid to help lead the Board of Election on hold, at least for now. WXXI’s James Brown explains... That update takes new importance after the last Monroe County Legislature meeting. Ernest Flagler-Mitchell, who is assistant Democratic minority leader, successfully stalled City Councilmember Jaclyn Ortiz’s appointment to the post at Tuesday night's meeting. Five Democrats, including Minority Leader Vincent Felder, and all Republicans in the Legislature supported a motion to not have a vote, 20 to 9. Rochester Police Accountability Board ruled unlawful By James Brown • May 7, 2020 New York State Supreme Court Judge John Ark said that Local Law Number 2 which created the board for the city of Rochester will not stand. That law was passed by City Council last May and overwhelmingly approved by voters in November. Police Accountability Board can't punish police officers By James Brown • Jan 28, 2020 Emily Hunt for WXXI News Rochester’s Police Accountability Board will not be able to punish police officers -- for now, anyway. Listen Listening... / 0:38 Rochester’s Police Accountability Board will not be able to punish police officers, at least for now. WXXI’s James Brown has details. State Supreme Court Judge John Ark ruled Tuesday that the newly created board can operate, but he is strictly limiting what they can do.