New York City Bar Association Rates Candidates for Supreme Court, Civil Court, Surrogate’s Court and District Attorney in New York City

The New York City Bar Association has completed evaluations of the following candidates running in the November 5 general election for Supreme Court, Civil Court, Surrogate’s Court and District Attorney in New York City. The review was conducted by the City Bar’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. 

New York County 

Civil Court, Countywide

Ashlee Crawford – Approved

Robert Rosenthal – Approved


Civil Court, 3rd Municipal District

Anna Lewis – Approved


Civil Court, 4th Municipal District

Grace Park – Approved


Civil Court, 9th Municipal District

Erik L. Gray – Not Approved


Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District

Shawn T. Kelly – Approved

Jennifer Schecter – Approved

Martin Shulman – Approved


Bronx County

Civil Court, Countywide

Michael A. Frishman – Approved

Matthew P. Raso – Approved


District Attorney

Darcel D. Clark – Approved


Civil Court, 1st Municipal District

Jessica I. Bourbon – Approved


Civil Court, 2nd Municipal District

John A. Howard-Algarin – Approved


Supreme Court, 12th Judicial District

Wilma Guzman – Approved

John R. Higgitt – Approved

Bahaati E. Pitt – Approved


Kings County

Civil Court, Countywide

Vincent F. Martusciello – Not Approved

Bernadette Neckles – Approved


Civil Court, 6th Municipal District

Caroline P. Cohen – Approved


Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District

Donald S. Kurtz – Approved

Rosemarie Montalbano – Approved

Esther Morgenstern – Approved

Steven Z. Mostofsky – Approved

Reinaldo E. Rivera – Approved


Surrogate’s Court

Margarita Lopez Torres – Approved


Queens County

Civil Court, Countywide

Kevin J. Hanratty – Not Approved

Claudia Lanzetta – Approved

Lumarie Maldonado-Cruz – Not Approved

Michele R. Titus – Not Approved


Civil Court, 5th Municipal District

Alan J. Schiff – Approved


District Attorney

Melinda Katz – Approved

Joseph W. Murray – Not Approved


Supreme Court, 11th Judicial District

Wyatt N. Gibbons – Approved

Donna-Marie E. Golia – Approved

Phillip Hom – Approved

Joseph F. Kasper – Not Approved

Daniel Kogan – Not Approved

Stephen A. Knopf – Approved

Maurice E. Muir – Approved

John C. Spataro – Approved

Lourdes M. Ventura – Approved


Richmond County

Civil Court, Countywide

Matthew P. Blum – Not Approved


Civil Court, 1st Municipal District

Bob Helbock – Approved

Shawn Malachovsky – Not Approved

Edwina Winnie Martin – Approved


District Attorney

Michael E. McMahon – Approved


Supreme Court, 13th Judicial District

Orlando Marrazzo, Jr. – Approved


Note: To ensure the thoroughness and integrity of the ratings process, the City Bar cannot comment beyond what is provided in this release. 


About the Association
The mission of the New York City Bar Association, which was founded in 1870 and has 24,000 members, is to equip and mobilize the legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.