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Announcing our Ratings for Judge of the New York City Civil Court for the June 27 Primary Elections

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


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

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