June 19, 2023
The Judiciary Committee of The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) is pleased to announce its ratings of candidates in the contested primary elections for the five counties of New York City for the office of Judge of the New York Civil Court. Candidates were eligible to receive the following ratings: "Highly Approved," "Approved," "Not Approved," or "Failed to Appear."
In order to obtain an "Approved" rating, the Panel must be satisfied that the candidate, once on the bench, will: 1) demonstrate a commitment to the equality of rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; 2) possess the integrity, intellect, experience, and temperament required of judicial office; and 3) perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice against or in favor of any person and will not permit discrimination against any minority in his or her courtroom.
In order to obtain a rating of "Highly Approved," the candidate must possess all of the characteristics required for an "Approved" rating to an outstanding degree, and in addition must have demonstrated a commitment to the equality of rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
To download a pdf version of these ratings, please click here.
Turquoise Haskin — Highly Approved
Linda Wilson — Approved
NEW YORK COUNTY
1st Municipal Court District:
David Alan Fraiden — Approved (rating carried over from 2022)
Lauren L. Esposito — Highly Approved
Sandra Perez — Highly Approved
Marianne Gonzalez — Failed to Appear
6th Municipal Court District:
Steven T. Beard — Failed to Appear
Evelyn Gong — Approved
John Ciafone — Failed to Appear
LeGaL's Judiciary Committee:
Janice B. Grubin, Esq., Co-Chair
Michael J. Weiner, Esq., Co-Chair
Pamela B. Goldsmith, Esq., Vice-Chair
Christine M. Browne, Esq.
Jason Canales, Esq.
Craig A. Convissar, Esq. (On sabbatical spring 2023)
Lee Coppage, Esq.
David S. Flugman, Esq.
Lawrence M. Fuchsberg, Esq. (On sabbatical spring 2023)
Michael B. Gallub, Esq.
Martha L. Golar, Esq.
Alan R. Gray, Jr. Esq.
Alexandra P. Kolod, Esq.
Gregory A. Locke, Esq.
Concepcion A. Montoya, Esq.
Jason J. Oliveri, Esq. (On sabbatical spring 2023)
Anthony J. Perrotto, Esq.
Christopher Salloum, Esq.
Jorge Tenriero, Esq.
James A. Naumann (J.D. 2023 — Candidate for the New York State Bar), Intern