Be Sure to Vote Next Week … With Zero Information

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Marc Fader

Even under the best of circumstances, the Republican/Conservative candidate for Bronx district attorney probably wouldn’t have had much of a chance in the election that will be held next Tuesday, November 3. Democrats hold a 13-to-one advantage over Republicans among active voters in the borough; twice as many Bronx voters list no party affiliation as identify as Republican or Conservative. But that hasn’t stopped lawyer Robert Siano from complaining about the lack of a debate against his opponent, Democrat Darcel Clark.

“With rising crime rates, and unfair court backlogs that force many to wait years before standing trial, a debate seems an obvious step in allowing Bronx voters to make their choice,” Siano said in a Wednesday morning press release.

The likely lack of any face-to-face clash between Siano and Clark doesn’t diminish the Republican’s slim chances so much as it further erases any pretense that the event next Tuesday is a genuine effort to give the Bronx’s 1 million residents a say in who prosecutes crimes in their county.

Siano’s release quoted Bronx GOP Chairman John Greaney as saying: “Despite what some people seem to believe, we live in a democracy.” Theoretically, he’s right. But Republicans haven’t done much more than Democrats to nurture democracy when it comes to the DA post. In recent elections, the GOP and other parties have been happy to cross-endorse incumbent DA Robert Johnson because he was sure to win.

It’s no surprise, then, that Bronx DA races attract few voters. The same is true in Queens, which also holds its DA races in years when no major races occur. Queens DA Richard Brown is running unopposed again this year on three ballot lines. (A real race DAs race is occurring in Staten Island this year, and there are contested races in several districts to fill city and state legislative seats.) The only reason the Bronx GOP has a man in this year’s race is that Johnson is stepping down, seeking a judgeship after some humorously sketchy party maneuvering.

But if the DA race is a shadow, the judicial elections also taking place on Tuesday are a dark room. Forty people are running to be judges in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Manhattan. But only 13 have bothered to submit information for the court system’s Voters’ Guide. Twenty-seven people are running for judicial terms of as long as 14 years without providing a shred of information.

Johnson, seeking election to the Supreme Court, has not submitted a bio, according to the court site.

Obviously, most voters aren’t going to look at the Voters Guide before they vote. Heck, most voters aren’t going to vote all. But it does seem odd that more effort isn’t made to give those who want to educate themselves before exercising their franchise a chance to do so.

Here’s a look at who’s running to go or stay on the bench and whether they’ve sent in their info:

Candidates Listed in the State Court Voters’ Guide
Go to the guide to read the bios that have been submitted

Name County Post District Bio submitted?
Anthony Caronna Queens Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO
Duane A. Hart Queens Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO
Joseph F. Kasper Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO
Kevin J. Hanratty Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO
Maureen A. Healy Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO
Michael A. O’Reilly Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO
Peter J. O’Donoghue Queens Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO
Ushir Pandit-Durant Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO
Laurentina McKetney Butler Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide YES
Martin Eliot Ritholtz Queens Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District YES
Peter F. Vallone_ Jr Queens NYC Civil Court Queens County : 3rd District YES
Ben Barbato Bronx NYC Civil Court Bronx County : County Wide NO
Christopher B. Garvey Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Dianne Renwick Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Guy T. Parisi Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Lizbeth Gonzalez Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Robert T. Johnson Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Ruben Franco Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Sallie Manzanette-Daniels Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO
Marsha D. Michael Bronx NYC Civil Court Bronx County : County Wide YES
Mitchell J. Danziger Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District YES
Stephen I. Mayo Bronx Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District YES
Dweynie E. Paul Brooklyn NYC Civil Court Kings County : 2nd District NO
Michael Gerstein Brooklyn NYC Civil Court Kings County : 6th District NO
Noach Dear Brooklyn Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO
Thomas P. Aliotta Brooklyn Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO
Vincent F. Martusciello Brooklyn NYC Civil Court Kings County : County Wide NO
Carolyn Walker-Diallo Brooklyn NYC Civil Court Kings County : 7th District YES
Debra Silber Brooklyn Supreme Court Second Judicial District YES
Genine D. Edwards Brooklyn Supreme Court Second Judicial District YES
Lorna Jean McAllister Brooklyn NYC Civil Court Kings County : County Wide YES
Pamela L. Fisher Brooklyn Supreme Court Second Judicial District YES
Arlene Bluth New York Supreme Court First Judicial District NO
Lisa S. Headley New York NYC Civil Court New York County : 8th District NO
Lyle E. Frank New York NYC Civil Court New York County : 2nd District NO
Raymond Bruce New York Supreme Court First Judicial District NO
Tanya Kennedy New York Supreme Court First Judicial District NO
Ta-Tanisha James New York NYC Civil Court New York County : County Wide NO
Arthur Fredericks Engoron New York Supreme Court First Judicial District YES
Barbara R. Kapnick New York Supreme Court First Judicial District YES
  • agentmule

    incredible