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Generally, cases can only be continued or postponed by a request of either party. If the matter is being continued by someone else, that is likely an issue.
You have the right to file a complaint against the judge or the attorney if you believe that it has acted improperly.
Your public defender is your lawyer --- and he/she is supposed to do what you want and only advise you.......so if the lawyer isn't doing that, you should first discuss the issue with him/her and then proceed based on the way that meeting turns out.
Yes, you would have a right to file a bar complaint against the lawyer if he is not following the rules of professional conduct and is not representing you in accordance with the standard you've stated above.
Yes, the state bar of NY regulates lawyers.....and that's where you'd complain to. Here's a link to the process: http://www.nycbar.org/for-the-public/about-lawyers-and-judges/complaints-about-lawyers-and-judges-how
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