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A town justice in central New York has been censured for trying to fix a traffic ticket for an acquaintance, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said Thursday.

James Aluzzi, who has presided over Volney Town Court in Oswego County since 2003, was disciplined for trying to get another judge to toss a tinted-windows ticket for a local businessman who sought his help.

According to the commission, Aluzzi asked an office assistant at Fulton City Court, where the case was pending, to give the ticket to the judge handling the case and “have him dismiss it for me.”

The assistant refused, but Aluzzi persisted and told her to have the judge call him about it. She reluctantly complied, but gave the ticket to the chief clerk, who alerted the administrative judge and district executive.

Three days later, Aluzzi returned to ensure the ticket did not get “lost in the shuffle.” The ticket eventually was dismissed after the district attorney found it had been improperly issued.

The commission said it chose censure rather than removal because Aluzzi acknowledged that his actions were improper, appeared “sincerely remorseful,” was not acting for personal gain and said he “wasn’t thinking properly” in the wake of his mother’s death a month earlier.

The commission also said the incident appears to be isolated, as Aluzzi, who is not an attorney, “has had an otherwise unblemished record in 14 years as a judge.” His term expires on Dec. 31, 2017.

“A judge does not need ethics training to know that ticket-fixing perverts justice and is wrong. Few things are as plain and simple,” said commission administrator Robert Tembeckjian, who had recommended removing Aluzzi from office.