BALLSTON SPA -- Saratoga County Family Court Judge Gil Abramson resigned late last week, court administrators said Monday.

The resignation, which was effective on Friday, comes roughly 10 weeks before Abramson's tenure as one of the family court's two judges was set to expire.

The Halfmoon resident was defeated in the Republican primary in September by Jennifer Jensen-Bergan, who is now running against Democrat Robert Rybak in the general election.

David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the New York Office of Court Administration, said an interim judge will likely be appointed to help handle Abramson's current caseload by mid-week.

Judge Courtenay Hall, the other family court judge in Saratoga County, will also assume some of Abramson's workload.

Bookstaver could not immediately produce Abramson's letter of resignation, which is a matter of public record, and said it was unclear what motivated him to step down.

Abramson's cell phone was disconnected on Monday, and family court officials said he was not at the office.

Republican officials did not endorse Abramson this year, fearing an investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct into his conduct. Abramson has said such concerns are unwarranted, and that he feels he will be absolved of any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson for the commission said she could not comment on whether Abramson was indeed under investigation. All cases that are reviewed by the commission are confidential unless punitive measures are taken.

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