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LeGaL Announces Judicial Ratings for 2021 Primaries

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 following offices: Judge of the New York Civil Court; District Attorney; and Surrogate.

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 Judiciary Committee had to be satisfied that the candidate, once on the bench or elected as District Attorney, would: 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 the judicial or prosecutorial roffice; 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 or office.

To obtain a rating of "Highly Approved," the candidate had to demonstrate that they possess all 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.

Bronx County

Civil Court — Second Municipal Court District of Bronx County

  • Angel Cruz — Failed to Appear

  • Jessica Flores — Highly Approved

  • Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor — Approved

  • Verena C. Powell — Approved

  • John Rodriguez — Failed to Appear

Kings County

District Attorney

  • Eric Gonzalez — Failed to Appear

  • Rohan Marshall — Failed to Appear


  • Dweynie Esther Paul — Approved

  • Rosemarie Montalbano — Highly Approved

Civil Court — Countywide

  • Heela Doreen Capell — Approved

  • Charles Finkelstein — Failed to Appear

  • Sharen D. Hudson — Failed to Appear

  • Inga M. O’Neale — Approved

  • Casilda Elena Roper-Simpson — Approved

Civil Court — Second Municipal Court District of Kings County

  • Marva C. Brown — Approved

  • Lisa Lewis — Approved

  • Lola Waterman — Approved

Civil Court — Seventh Municipal Court District of Kings County

  • Keisha Alleyne — Failed to Appear

  • Philip Grant — Failed to Appear

  • Carmen A. Pacheco — Failed to Appear

New York County

District Attorney

  • Tahanie Aboushi — Approved

  • Alvin L. Bragg Jr. — Failed to Appear

  • Elizabeth R. Crotty — Approved

  • Diana J. Florence — Failed to Appear

  • Thomas Kenniff — Failed to Appear

  • Lucy J. Lang — Highly Approved

  • Eliza Orlins — Approved

  • Dan Quart — Failed to Appear

  • Tali Farhadian Weinstein — Failed to Appear

Civil Court — Countywide

  • Kim M. Parker — Failed to Appear

  • Jeffrey S. Zellan — Approved

Civil Court — Second Municipal Court District of New York County

  • Christopher Chin — Approved

  • Betty Lugo — Approved

  • Edward Irizarry — Failed to Appear

Civil Court — Fifth Municipal Court District of New York County

  • Hasa A. Kingo — Highly Approved

  • Orlando Molina — Failed to Appear

Queens County

Civil Court—Countywide

  • Michael H. Goldman — Highly Approved

  • Andrea S. Ogle — Failed to Appear

  • Soma S. Syed — Failed to Appear

Civil Court — Fourth Municipal Court District of Queens County

  • Cassandra A. Johnson — Failed to Appear

  • Devian Shondel Daniels — Failed to Appear

To download a pdf version of these ratings, please click here.


Members of LeGaL's Judiciary Committee

Janice B. Grubin, Esq., Co-Chair

Michael J. Weiner, Esq., Co-Chair

Pamela B. Goldsmith, Esq., Vice-Chair

Craig A. Convissar, Esq. (On sabbatical 2021)

Lee Coppage, Esq.

William Crosby, Esq. (On sabbatical 2021)

Harley D. Diamond, Esq.

David S. Flugman, Esq.

Michael B. Gallub, Esq.

Martha L. Golar, Esq.

Alexandra P. Kolod, Esq.

Kaegan M. Mays-Williams, Esq.

Andrew P. Merten, Esq.

Concepcion A. Montoya, Esq.

Craig M. Notte, Esq. (On sabbatical 2021)

Ethan D.B. Rice, Esq.

Christopher Salloum, Esq.

Jorge Tenriero, Esq.

Beth L. Williams, Esq.

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