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New York City Bar Association Rates Judicial and District Attorney Candidates in New York City

The New York City Bar Association has completed evaluations of the following candidates who are running in contested primary elections on June 27 for Civil Court and the position of District Attorney. The review was conducted by the Association’s Judiciary Committee. The Association’s review of those candidates who are not running in contested primary elections remains to be completed and will be released in advance of the general elections.

The City Bar 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, 1st Municipal District

Lauren L. Esposito – Approved

David Alan Fraiden – Approved
Bronx County

District Attorney

Darcel D. Clark – Approved

Tess Cohen – Approved
Kings County

Civil Court, Countywide

Turquoise Haskin – Approved

Linda Wilson – Approved
Queens County

District Attorney

George A. Grasso – Approved

Melinda Katz – Approved

Devian Shondel Daniels – Not Approved

Civil Court, Countywide

Sandra Perez – Approved

Marianne Gonzalez – Not Approved

Civil Court, 6th Municipal District

Evelyn Gong – Not Approved

John Ciafone – Not Approved

Steven T. Beard – Not Approved

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