On the Suffolk bench, a case of musical chairs

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Former Democratic Brookhaven Highway Superintendent John Rouse may have been elected county court judge starting Jan. 1, but he has been assigned to serve as an acting family court judge.

Meanwhile, former State Supreme Court Justice Denise Molia, who moved down to run for family court last November, has been moved up to serve as an acting supreme court justice.

And former family court judge Joan Genchi, 68, who exited to make room for Molia because she was two years away from the mandatory retirment age of 70, has become a court attorney-referee in Family court, making $129,076.

Veteran courthouse hands say Rouse’s assignment is not unusual for a new county court judge, noting that Administrative Judge C. Randall Hinrichs did a stint in Family Court, which has heavy caseloads, when first elected.

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