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New York City Bar Association Rates Primary Election Candidates for Civil and Surrogate Court in New York City

The New York City Bar Association has completed evaluations of the following candidates running in the September 13 Democratic Party primary elections for Civil Court and Surrogate Court in New York City. The review was conducted by the Association’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.

Kings County

Civil Court – Countywide

Loren Baily-Schiffman – Approved

Ingrid Joseph –  Approved

Saul Cohen – Not Approved

Sheryl Orwel – Not Approved


Civil Court, 8th Municipal District

Gina Levy-Abadi – Approved

Olga Fort – Not Approved


Richmond County

Surrogate Court

Anthony Catalano  – Approved

Matthew J. Titone  – Approved


New York County

Civil Court, 2nd Municipal District

Wendy C. Li – Approved

Robert Rosenthal – 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.