A Voter Guide for Judicial Races, but Most Candidates Didn’t Provide Info

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Jarrett Murphy

The facade of the criminal court building in Manhattan.

 

Even the most educated New York City voter faces challenges when it comes to the judicial races. There are no debates and there is little other campaigning. The options can be pretty limited: On this year’s ballot, there are only Democrats running for court seats in Manhattan, while in Brooklyn the Republican, Democrat and Conservative lines for a number of judicial seats are all occupied by the same name. And let’s face it: Few of us (including a certain veteran metro reporter) can keep straight the difference between Supreme Court and Civil Court.

But there’s no confusion about the fact that courts are really important, and that elections to the courts are pretty consequential: Where else can a person be elected to a 10- or 14-year-term, as comes with some of these judicial seats?

So it’s handy that the state’s Unified Court System has produced a Voter Guide so we may research the folks asking voters to give them a decade or more of authority over family matters, major financial disputes and criminal cases.

The problem is, most judicial candidates didn’t bother to send biographies in to the guide. So while there is a little information about each candidate, only 37 percent of the hopefuls have provided bios.

Borough Number of judicial candidates Bio submitted Bio not submitted % submitted
Bronx 20 7 13 35%
Brooklyn 18 2 16 11%
Manhattan 12 10 2 83%
Queens 11 2 9 18%
Staten Island 6 4 2 67%
Citywide Total 67 25 42 37%

The impact varies borough to borough. In Manhattan, which gets all the breaks, 10 out of 12 candidates (83 percent) sent in their bios. But in Brooklyn, only two out of 16 (11 percent) did.

City Limits would love to fill out the picture of who these candidates are. If you know who any of the folks below who have not sent in their bio are, please email that information to editor@citylimits.org. If you are running yourself, by all means, send us your bio. We will publish what we can verify.

After initial publication, we updated the list below to reflect changes made to the state guide. At the suggestion of readers, we also added indications of whether any candidates had submitted their qualifications to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (only four had) and, per a nudge from another reader, added the ratings prepared by the New York City Bar Association.

County Candidate Court Geography Bio submitted? Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission rating New York City Bar Association rating
Manhattan Alexander Tisch Supreme Court First Judicial District YES Approved
Kings Angharad Vaughan Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Not Approved
Kings Anne J Swern NYC Civil Court Kings County : 1st District YES Approved
Kings Anthony Caccamo Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Not Approved
Richmond Anthony Catalano Supreme Court Thirteenth Judicial District YES
Manhattan Ariel D. Chesler NYC Civil Court New York County : County Wide YES Approved
Bronx Benjamin Barbato Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Bronx Bension DeFunis Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Bronx Bob Cohen Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Bronx Connie Morales NYC Civil Court Bronx County : 1st District YES Not approved
Queens David Bellon Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO Not Approved
Kings Debra Brown Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Not Approved
Kings Devin P. Cohen Supreme Court Second Judicial District YES Approved
Kings Douglass Seidman Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Not Approved
Bronx Eddie McShan Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Bronx Elizabeth Taylor Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Kings Eric Prus Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Approved
Manhattan Frank Nervo NYC Civil Court New York County : 1st District YES highly qualified Approved
Kings Gina Levy NYC Civil Court Kings County : 8th District NO Approved
Bronx Gino Marmorato Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Kings Harriet Thompson Surrogate’s Court Kings County NO Not Approved
Manhattan Hilary Gingold NYC Civil Court New York County : 3rd District YES Approved
Manhattan Ilana Jenny Marcus NYC Civil Court New York County : 5th District YES Approved
Kings Ingrid Joseph Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Approved
Queens Ira R. Greenberg NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide YES qualified Approved
Bronx James Gisondi Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Manhattan Jeanine Johnson NYC Civil Court New York County : 10th District NO Not Approved
Kings Jill Epstein NYC Civil Court Kings County : 4th District NO Not Approved
Queens Joseph Kasper Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO Not Approved
Bronx Julio Rodriguez III Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District YES   Approved
Queens Karina Alomar NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO qualified Approved
Manhattan Kathleen Waterman NYC Civil Court New York County : 9th District YES Approved
Bronx Kenneth Schaeffer Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Queens Lance Evans NYC Civil Court Queens County : 4th District NO Approved
Queens Laurence Love Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO Approved
Kings Lisa Ottley NYC Civil Court Kings County : 2nd District NO Approved
Bronx Llinet Rosado Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District YES Approved
Kings Loren Baily NYC Civil Court Kings County : County Wide NO Approved
Queens Lourdes Ventura NYC Civil Court Queens County : County Wide NO Approved
Manhattan Lynn Kotler Supreme Court First Judicial District NO Approved
Richmond Marina Mundy Supreme Court Thirteenth Judicial District NO Approved
Bronx Marissa Soto NYC Civil Court Bronx County : County Wide YES Not approved
Bronx Mark Schneider Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Bronx Marsha Michael Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District YES   Approved
Bronx Mary Brigantti Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District YES Approved
Manhattan Mary V. Rosado Supreme Court First Judicial District YES Approved
Richmond Matthew J. Titone Surrogate’s Court Richmond County YES Approved
Queens Maureen Healy Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO highly qualified Approved
Bronx Michael Lausell Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Kings Michelle Weston Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Approved
Bronx Naita Semaj NYC Civil Court Bronx County : 1st District YES Approved
Manhattan Nicholas Moyne NYC Civil Court New York County : 6th District YES Approved
Richmond Orlando Marrazzo, Jr. Supreme Court Thirteenth Judicial District YES Approved
Bronx Patricia Latzman Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Richmond Ralph J. Porzio Supreme Court Thirteenth Judicial District YES Approved
Queens Robert Caloras Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District YES Approved
Bronx Robert Torres Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Richmond Ronald Castorina Jr. Surrogate’s Court Richmond County NO Not approved
Bronx Ronald Kim Supreme Court Twelfth Judicial District NO Not approved
Kings Rupert Barry NYC Civil Court Kings County : 2nd District NO Not Approved
Manhattan Shahabuddeen Ally NYC Civil Court New York County : County Wide YES Approved
Kings Sylvia Hinds-Radix Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Approved
Queens Ushir Pandit-Durant Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO Approved
Queens Valerie Brathwaite Nelson Supreme Court Eleventh Judicial District NO Approved
Kings Vincent Martusciello NYC Civil Court Kings County : County Wide NO Not Approved
Kings Wayne Saitta Supreme Court Second Judicial District NO Approved
Manhattan Wendy C. Li 李昌永 NYC Civil Court New York County : 2nd District YES Approved

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