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Media Advisory
October 31, 2005
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THE ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK RELEASES ITS EVALUATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR SUPREME COURT IN KINGS COUNTY AND NEW YORK COUNTY, SURROGATE'S COURT IN KINGS COUNTY, NEW YORK COUNTY, AND QUEENS COUNTY, AND CIVIL COURT AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN KINGS COUNTY AND NEW YORK COUNTY

New York - New York - The Association of the Bar of the City of New York today announced its evaluations of candidates running for Supreme Court in Kings County and New York County, Surrogate's Court in Kings County, New York County, and Queens County, and Civil Court and District Attorney in Kings County and New York County, in the November 8th general election.

In examining judicial candidates, the Committee on the Judiciary of the Association seeks to determine whether the candidate possesses the requisite qualifications for judicial office, including integrity, impartiality, intellectual ability, knowledge of the law, industriousness, and judicial demeanor and temperament.

The Committee advances two ratings: APPROVED and NOT APPROVED. Candidates rated APPROVED have affirmatively demonstrated qualifications necessary for the performance of the duties of the court for which they are being considered.

The Committee's conclusions are as follows:

Supreme Court

Kings and Richmond Counties

Carolyn E. Demarest Approved
John J. D’Emic Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
Richard Izzo Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
Donald S. Kurtz Approved
Anthony J. Lamberti Approved
Yvonne Lewis Approved
Esther M. Morgenstern Approved
Reinaldo Rivera Approved
Philip J. Smallman Approved
David B. Vaughan Approved

New York County

Matthew V. Grieco Approved
Karla Moskowitz Approved
Martin Shulman Approved
Lottie E. Wilkins Approved

 

Surrogate's Court

Kings and Richmond Counties

Margarita Lopez Torres Approved
Frank R. Seddio Approved

New York County

Kristin Booth Glen Approved

Queens County

Robert L. Nahman Approved

CIVIL COURT

Kings County

Countywide

 
Sylvia Ash Approved
Genine D. Edwards Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
Philip Grant Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
Vincent F. Martusciello Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
James P. McCall Approved
Sandra Elena Roper Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.

3 rd District

 
Richard Velasquez Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
5 th District  
David Schmidt Approved

6 th District

 
Michael Gerstein Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.

8 th District

 
Michael Reinhardt Not approved by reason of the candidate's failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.
Kenneth P. Sherman Approved

New York County

Countywide

 
Ira R. Globerman Approved
Tanya R. Kennedy Approved

5 th District

 
Karen S. Smith Approved

District Attorney

Kings County

Charles J. Hynes Approved

New York County

Robert M. Morgenthau Approved

Additional evaluations will be announced when the process is completed.

 

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