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Suspended Madrid judge released from jail


A suspended Madrid judge was released from jail Monday afternoon after undergoing mental health and substance abuse evaluations.

Anya A. Mironova Tendler, 43, of 100 Ruddy Road, Madrid, spent the weekend in St. Lawrence County jail after she was returned on a warrant issued by County Judge Jerome J. Richards on Friday for allegedly violating probation. The charge stemmed from a drunken-driving arrest Wednesday night, when Ms. Tendler allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident with her 5-year-old triplets in the car and initially failed to stop for police.

Her driver’s license was suspended at her arraignment that night, and she is accused of violating the terms of her release by driving to a liquor store in Ogdensburg the next morning and purchasing a bottle of liquor while she had her three children in the car with her.

On Monday, Ms. Tendler was released under the supervision of the St. Lawrence County Probation Department with terms and conditions including that she not enter any venue that sells alcohol, that she not purchase or consume alcohol, that her license is continued to be revoked and that she is ordered to participate in outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Judge Richards additionally issued an order of protection requiring Ms. Tendler to keep from endangering her children.

Upon a written request from the district attorney’s office, Judge Richards appointed John K. Collins as special prosecutor to handle the charges against Ms. Tendler, which include three counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A special prosecutor has been requested to avoid conflicts of interest as the members of the district attorney’s office have both prosecuted Ms. Tendler’s clients in her capacity as a defense attorney and stood before her as a town justice in Madrid.

On Wednesday night, Ms. Tendler allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Canton with her 5-year-old triplets in the car. She also is accused of leading state police on a short chase when they tracked down her damaged BMW and tried to pull her over. No one was hurt in the accident, in which police said Ms. Tendler’s vehicle struck the back end of another vehicle on Route 11 eastbound and fled the scene. She additionally was cited with reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, moving from lane unsafely, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Ms. Tendler said she initially resigned as the Madrid town justice but then withdrew her resignation. She has been suspended from presiding over any matters in the Town Court, under an order signed by state Court of Appeals Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti. Fourth Judicial District Administrative Judge Vito C. Caruso will reassign any cases to another justice.

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