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New York City Bar Association Rates General Election Candidates for Supreme Court and Civil Court in New York City

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New York City Bar Association Rates General Election Candidates for Supreme Court and Civil Court in New York City

New York, October 30, 2014 – The New York City Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee has evaluated candidates running in the November 4th general election for Supreme Court and Civil Court in Bronx, Kings, New York, and Queens Counties.

In examining candidates for the judiciary, the Committee seeks to determine whether the candidate possesses the requisite qualifications for judicial office, such as 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.

Bronx County

Supreme Court

John A. Barone Approved

Civil Court (Countywide)

Brenda Rivera 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
Harry Hertzberg 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
Civil Court (2nd District)
Lizbeth Gonzalez Approved
Robert Siano 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

 
Kings County

Supreme Court

Kevin R. Bryant, Sr. 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
Matthew A. Doheny 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
Anthony R. Caccamo 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
Lara J. Genovesi Approved
Dennis W. Houdek 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
Kathy J. King Approved
Evelyn J. Laporte Approved
Kenneth Schaeffer 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 J. Smallman Approved
Wavny Toussaint Approved

Civil Court (Countywide)

Joy F. Campanelli Approved
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
Civil Court (2nd District)
Cenceria P. Edwards Approved
Civil Court (3rd District)
Rosemarie Montalbano Approved
Civil Court (6th District)
Sharon Clarke 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
Civil Court (7th District)
Lizette Colon Approved
Civil Court (8th District)
Andrew S. Borrok Approved

 
New York County

Supreme Court

Kathryn E. Freed Approved
Milton A. Tingling Approved

Civil Court (Countywide)

Arlene P. Bluth Approved
Louis L. Nock Approved
Civil Court (8th District)
Jose A. Padilla, Jr. 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
Civil Court (10th District)
J. Machelle Sweeting Approved

 
Queens County

Supreme Court

Thomas Benedetto 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
John F. Casey 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
Anna Culley Approved
William V. DeCandido Approved
Ronald D. Hollie Approved
Leslie G. Leach Approved
Carmen R. Velasquez The Association could not complete a review of this candidate

Civil Court (Countywide)

Mojgan Cohanim Lancman Approved

Civil Court (1st District)

Joseph Esposito Approved

 

The NYS Office of Court Administration has posted its annual non-partisan voter guide for judicial candidates, at http://www.nycourts.gov/vote/. The guide lists all state-paid judicial candidates on the ballot in each county, as furnished by boards of elections. Candidates were invited to provide a personal statement and basic biographical information.

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