From the Morning Memo:

Embattled former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio says she is running for the City Council.

She confirmed the news in a Facebook live video yesterday while thanking supporters. Rumors surrounding Astacio’s run for office started last week when she requested a list of all Democrats registered in the city from the Board of Elections.

While in the B of E office, she reportedly told workers she was considering a run for her old seat as city court judge or perhaps the Northwest district council position. She said she’s making an effort to return to public life on behalf of the community that has long supported her.

“You’ve gotten to see some of the worst times in my life, and you just love me in spite of it and support me in spite of it and have, in instances, carried me through it and been like, ‘No, we see your heart and see your passion is for the community, and we want you to feel loved and supported,’ and so I do,” Astacio said. “I do very much.”

Astacio has been in and out of court, generating many local headlines since her initial DWI conviction in 2016/ She is facing attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon charges.

Astacio is also accused of attempting to purchase a shotgun from a Henrietta sporting goods store while on probation.

The New York State Court of Appeals granted a change in venue in January, moving her criminal case to Syracuse. That trial is set for April 1.

Astacio was formally removed from the bench in October after the Court of Appeals upheld the Judicial Conduct Commission’s recommendation to oust her. New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct Administrator Robert Tembekjian confirmed Astacio is not eligible to hold judicial office again, but said she can run for another position.

“A judge who is removed from office can never be a judge again. There is no bar however to a removed judge ever running for other public office,” said Tembekjian. “If a judge is removed from office for misconduct, that judge or former judge may run for city council, state senate, state assembly, mayor or any other non-judicial office.”

Tembekjian says the constitution is subject to legal challenge, but in the 40 years the commission has been in existence, a removed judge has never tried to return to judicial office.

Astacio’s sister, Felicia, also intends to run for Rochester City Council in the east district.