On November 3, New York City voters will elect judges who will guide and decide civil and criminal cases for a decade or more.

New York County Supreme Court located at 60 Centre Street.


You don’t need to watch the Amy Coney Barrett hearings to understand that judges really matter. Far from the stately halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City’s judges determine what happens to the child in a custody dispute, decide guilt or innocence in criminal cases, and rule on business disputes every day. While the governor appoints judges to appeals courts and the mayor appoints some family court and criminal court judges, the rest of the local judiciary is elected by voters to lengthy terms.

Do I get to vote on judges?

Many New York City voters will have a chance to vote on judges on November 3. To see what choices you might have, enter your address here and click on the button for your sample ballot.

What offices are at stake?

There are two. Judges of the Civil Court serve terms of 10 years, and they sit in civil, criminal or family court and can be acting Supreme Court justices. Justices of the Supreme Court are elected to 14-year terms and hears cases like lawsuits involving more than $25,000, and divorce, separation and annulment proceedings, and felony criminal cases.

Who are the candidates?

Justice of the Supreme Court:1st Judicial District

Vote for 4

Carol Sharpe (Democratic) Judicial bio
Supervising Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York

Ta-Tanisha James (Democratic) Judicial bio
Judge, Family Court of the City of New York

David B. Cohen (Democratic) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County

Melissa Crane (Democratic) Judicial bio
Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, New York County

Judge of the Civil Court: New York County

Vote for 3

Leticia M. Ramirez (Democratic) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County

Eric Schumacher (Democratic) Campaign website
Attorney in private practice

Michael L. Katz (Democratic) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County,

Justice of the Supreme Court: 13th Judicial District

Vote for 2

Mario F. Mattei (Democratic/Republican/SAM) Judicial bio
Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, Kings County

Lisa Grey (Democratic/Republican/Conservative/SAM) Judicial bio
Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Richmond County

Judge of the Civil Court: Richmond

Allyn J. Crawford (Democratic/Independence) Campaign website
Attorney in private practice

Ronald Castorina Jr. (RepublicanConservative/Libertarian/SAM) Bio
Attorney and former Assemblymember

Judge of the Civil Court: 4th Municipal Court District, Queens

Denise N. Johnson (Democratic) QDE Profile
Has served as a principal law secretary for nearly 14 years

Judge of the Civil Court: 6th Municipal Court District, Queens

Leigh K. Cheng (Democratic) Campaign website
Law secretary in the guardianship part of the civil court

Justice of the Supreme Court:11th Judicial District

Vote for 9

Tracy A. Catapano-Fox (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County,

Mojgan Cohanim Lancman (Democratic) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County, Civil Term

Joshua E. Goldfein (Working Families)
Staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society

Lance P. Evans (Democratic) QDE Profile
Evans is a judge in the Queens County civil part.

Joseph F. Kasper (Republican/Conservative) Bio
Attorney and community activist

Bob Cohen (Working Families) Twitter
Policy Director for Citizen Action of New York

Karina E. Alomar (Democratic) Judicial bio
Judge, Criminial Court of the City of New York, Queens County

John C. Spataro (Republican/Conservative) Facebook
Has served as an insurance defense attorney for over 20 years

Judith Goldiner (Working Families)
Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society.

Michelle A. Johnson (Democratic) Judicial bio
Supervising Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, New York County

Kenneth Schaeffer (Working Families)
Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society

Darrell L. Gavrin (Democratic) Judicial bio
Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County

Evelyn L. Braun (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County

Afua Atta-Mensah (Working Families) Bio
Executive Director of Community Voices Heard

Kevin J. Kerrigan (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County,

Justin Sweet (Working Families)

Leonard Livote (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Judge, Court of Claims

Judge of the Civil Court: Queens

Vote for 2

Jessica Earle-Gargan (Democratic) Campaign website
Former prosecutor turned court attorney

Nestor H. Diaz (Democratic) Facebook
Attorney in private practice

Judge of the Civil Court: 3rd Municipal Court District, Kings

Maria Aragona (Democratic) Campaign website
Law Clerk, Supreme Court, Kings County

Judge of the Civil Court: 5th Municipal Court District, Kings

Saul Stein (Democratic/Conservative) Campaign website
Senior court attorney, Bronx County

Judge of the Civil Court: 1st Municipal Court District, Manhattan

Vote for 2

Carolruth Feinman (Democratic) Judicial bio
Acting Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Civil Term

John Zhuo Wang (Democratic) Judicial bio
Judge, Housing Court, Civil Court of the City of New York

Judge of the Civil Court: 6th Municipal Court District, Manhattan

Seth A. Steed (Democratic) Bio
Managing Attorney of the Criminal Defense Practice at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Judge of the Civil Court: 9th Municipal Court District, Manhattan

Gerald Lebovits (Democratic ) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County

Justice of the Supreme Court:12th Judicial District

Vote for 3

Kim Adair Wilson (Democratic) Judicial bio
Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York

Orlando Molina (Republican)
Bronx attorney

Andrew J. Cohen (Democratic) Official biography
Current Councilmember for the 11th district

Bianka Perez (Democratic) Judicial bio
Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York

Judge of the Civil Court: 2nd Municipal Court District, Bronx

Wanda Y. Negron (Democrat) Campaign website
Attorney, most recently, a Hearing Officer at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Justice of the Supreme Court: 2nd Judicial District

Vote for 6

Karen B. Rothenberg (Democratic) Judicial bio
Supreme Court Justice, Kings County

Beth Parlato (Republican/Conservative) Campaign bio
Parlato, a Congressional candidate earlier this year, was given this ballot line to facilitate her party’s ballot changes elsewhere in the state.

Carolyn E. Wade (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York

Delores J. Thomas (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Justice, Supreme Court, Kings County

Lizette Colon (Democratic) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Kings County, Civil Term

Theresa M. Ciccotto (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Kings County, Civil Term

William F. Mastro (Democratic/Republican/Conservative) Judicial bio
Associate Justice, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division Second Department

3 thoughts on “Oh Yeah, the Judges: A Quick Guide to NYC’s 2020 Judicial Ballot

  1. Kudos for being the second publication to note that Beth Parlato, a GOP/Conservative nominee for Supreme Court in Brooklyn, is actually a former upstate GOP Congressional candidate who lost her primary and was dumped into a judicial nomination in order to get her off the Conservative line (the first publication to note this was The Red Hook Star Revue, in a column by yours trulyhttp://www.star-revue.com/brownstone-brooklyn-voters-guide-2020/#sthash.m1IPVA8H.dpbs ).

    However, you failed to note this was also true true of Justin Sweet, a Working Families nominee for Supreme Court in Brooklyn, who is actually a former Rockland County Democratic State Senate candidate, who lost his primary and was dumped into a judicial nomination in order to get him off the WFP line, or that the five other Queens WFP nominees for Supreme Court were all former WFP placeholder candidates for other offices throughout the state, holding the lines, until the Democrats determined their nominees, who were now being dumped into judicial nominations to open up the WFP lines in those districts.

  2. Recently received a Absentee Ballot after submitting the application. I received the Ballot, however, it was a Military Absentee Ballot. I am not in the military. I called the Election Bd and was told it was a massive printing error but the Governor wants us to use the Military Ballot that I have and it will be counted.

    Later that day on News 1, it was represented that the mistake was made and that corrected
    Absentee Ballots would replace the Military Ballot.

    My question: Can I use the Absentee Military Ballot I have and once I submit it will it be
    COUNTED.

    Thanks

    ps i am a senior citizen.

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