Press Releases

New York City Bar Association Rates Candidates for Supreme Court, Civil Court and Surrogate Court in New York City

The New York City Bar Association has completed evaluations of the following candidates running in the November 6 general election for Supreme Court, Civil Court, and Surrogate Court 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

Shahabuddeen A. Ally – Approved

Ariel D. Chesler – Approved

Civil Court, 1st Municipal District

Frank P. Nervo – Approved

Civil Court, 2nd Municipal District

Wendy C. Li  – Approved

Civil Court, 3rd Municipal District

Hilary Gingold – Approved

Civil Court, 5th Municipal District

Ilana J. Marcus – Approved

Civil Court, 6th Municipal District

Nicholas W. Moyne – Approved

Civil Court, 9th Municipal District

Kathleen C. Waterman – Approved

Civil Court, 10th Municipal District

Jeanine R. Johnson – Not Approved

Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District

Lynn R. Kotler – Approved

Mary V. Rosado – Approved

Alexander M. Tisch – Approved


Bronx County

Civil Court, Countywide

Marissa Soto – Not Approved

Civil Court, 1st Municipal District

Connie Morales – Not Approved

Naita A. Semaj-Williams – Approved                   

Supreme Court, 12th Judicial District

Benjamin R. Barbato – Not Approved

Mary Ann Brigantti – Approved

Bob Cohen – Not Approved

Bension DeFunis – Not Approved

James B. Gisondi – Not Approved

Ronald J. Kim – Not Approved

Patricia Latzman – Not Approved

Michael Lausell – Not Approved

Gino A. Marmorato – Not Approved

Eddie J. McShan – Not Approved

Marsha D. Michael – Approved

Julio Rodriguez – Approved

Llinet Rosado – Approved

Kenneth D. Schaeffer – Not Approved

Mark Schneider – Not Approved

Elizabeth A. Taylor – Not Approved

Robert E. Torres – Not Approved


Kings County

Civil Court, Countywide

Rupert F. Barry – Not Approved

Loren Baily – Approved

Vincent F. Martusciello – Not Approved

Civil Court, 1st Municipal District

Anne Swern – Approved

Civil Court, 4th Municipal District

Jill R. Epstein – Not Approved

Civil Court, 4th Municipal District

Gina Levy – Approved

Surrogate Court

Harriet Thompson – Not Approved

Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District

Anthony R. Caccamo – Not Approved

Devin P. Cohen – Approved

Debra Brown – Not Approved

Ingrid Joseph – Approved

Lisa S. Ottley – Approved

Eric Prus – Approved

Sylvia Hinds-Radix – Approved

Wayne Saitta – Approved

Douglass Seidman – Not Approved

Angharad Vaughan – Not Approved

Michelle G. Weston – Approved


Queens County

Civil Court, Countywide

Karina E. Alomar – Approved

Ira R. Greenberg – Approved

Lourdes M. Ventura – Approved

Civil Court, 4th Municipal District

Lance P. Evans – Approved

Supreme Court, 11th Judicial District

David A. Bellon – Not Approved

Robert I. Caloras – Approved

Maureen A. Healy – Approved

Joseph Kasper – Not Approved

Laurence L. Love – Approved

Valerie Brathwaite Nelson – Approved

Ushir Pandit-Durant – Approved


Richmond County

Supreme Court, 13th Judicial District

Orlando Marrazzo Jr. – Approved

Marina Cora Mundy – Approved

Ralph J. Porzio – Approved

Surrogate Court

Ronald Castorina, Jr. – Not Approved

Matthew J. Titone – Approved


Note: To ensure the thoroughness and integrity of the ratings process, the City Bar cannot comment beyond what is provided in this release. General information about the City Bar’s judicial evaluation process is here.

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.