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Judge orders mental health, substance abuse evaluations for Madrid justice

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CANTON — A suspended Madrid judge was returned to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility Friday afternoon after a judge ordered her to receive mental health and substance abuse evaluations.

Anya A. Mironova Tendler, 43, of 100 Ruddy Road, Madrid, appeared before County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards on a return on warrant after she was jailed Thursday for allegedly violating her probation hours after an alleged drunken-driving incident with her three children in her vehicle Wednesday night.

Tendler, an attorney, appeared in county court with her attorney, William J. Galvin, and was told by the judge that he was not opposed to releasing her under supervision at some point, but he was concerned about the allegations against her and first wants to see the results of the evaluations. Those are expected to be complete by Monday morning.

Once he reviews the results, Judge Richards is expected to impose a securing order.

Judge Richards told Chief Assistant DA David A. Haggard that he would grant a request made by the county District Attorney’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor to handle charges against Ms. Tendler.

“I will do my best to see what the results are to make a decision and I am pulling rank,” the judge said. “I will stay in close touch with Mr. Galvin.”

Tendler was charged Wednesday night with three counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after she allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Canton with her 5-year-old triplets in the car and led police on a short chase.

Pierrepont Town Justice Robert G. Camp revoked Tendler’s operating privilegesat her arraignment Wednesday night and released her under the supervision of probation. The license revocation was mandatory since Tendler had refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.

Ogdensburg City Police received a report early Thursday morning from the St. Lawrence County Probation Department that Tendler had stopped at a liquor store, leaving her children in the car. City police located Tendler with her children at Morissette Park.

Tendler had not been drinking, police said, and she told them her driving privileges were not revoked. She was let go because Ogdensburg police had not yet received word that her license had been suspended.

Tendler was arrested Thursday afternoon on a warrant for violation of probation and taken to the jail in Canton, where she was held without bail overnight, pending arraignment. Meanwhile, Tendler was removed from presiding over any matters in Madrid Town Court, where she is the only justice, under an order signed by state Court of Appeals Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts A. Gail Prudenti. Fourth Judicial District Administrative Judge Vito C. Caruso will reassign any cases to another justice.

Tendler’s husband and the triplets - two girls and a boy - spent much of the day Friday at the courthouse waiting for her arraignment.

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