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New York City Bar Association Rates Primary Election Candidates for Civil Court and Surrogate’s Court in New York City

The New York City Bar Association has evaluated the candidates running in the September 13th Democratic Party primary elections for Civil Court in Bronx County, Kings County and New York County and Surrogate’s Court in New York County. The review was conducted by the Association’s Committee on the Judiciary.

The Committee uses two ratings: Approved and Not Approved.  Candidates rated Approved have affirmatively demonstrated qualifications necessary for the performance of the duties of the position for which they are being considered.

Bronx County

Civil Court, 2nd District

Eddie McShan: Approved

Juana P. Valentin: Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that she possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which she is a candidate

Kings County

Civil Court, 1st District

Lara J. Genovesi: Approved

Richard J. Montelione: Approved

Civil Court, 5th District

Theresa M. Ciccotto: Approved

Charles Finkelstein: Approved

Steven Z. Mostofsky: Approved

New York County

Civil Court, 3rd District

Lisa A. Sokoloff: Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to
affirmatively demonstrate that she possesses the requisite
qualifications for the court for which she is a candidate

Olga Statz: Approved

Surrogate’s Court

Barbara Jaffe: Approved

Rita Mella: Approved

Note: To ensure the thoroughness and integrity of the ratings process, the City Bar cannot comment beyond the information provided here.

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