This past Sunday, May 22, the County Executive Board met to endorse candidates in the primary election for Civil Court Judge and approve the Party Call.
Civil Court Endorsements
Josh Hanshaft Esq. and Emily Morales-Minerva Esq. have received the endorsement of the NY County Party for the Countywide Civil Court vacancies.
They will run in the upcoming primary with the support of the Democratic Clubs and county organization which will help them petition and turn out voters for their win.
Should they win the primary, they will then proceed to the general election as the Democratic candidate.
The Party Call
The “Party Call” lists all of the available Judicial Delegate, Judicial Delegate Alternate and State Committee positions.These party positions will be elected during the Primary in September.
Judicial Delegates are proportional to the Democratic voter turnout (how many ppl vote for the Dem) in the last Gubernatorial election by district.
State Committee is two per Assembly District (Male and Female).
Meeting Live Tweets
On April 5, 2016, the Independent Judicial Civil Court Screening Panel met and began the process of screening candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party for two (2) New York County-wide Civil Court vacancies, one vacancy in the 4th Civil Court District, and two incumbents in the 2nd and 4th Civil Court Districts, to be filled in the November 8, 2016 General Election. The following individuals were designated to the panel:
- Albert Barruceco, Hispanic National Bar Association, Region II
- Dana M. Catanzaro, Columbian Lawyers Association
- Stacey Charland, Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem
- Joshua Crespo, New York Urban League
- Khalil El Assaad, New York Law School
- Patricia Fersch, New York Women’s Bar Association
- Alan Greenberg, Jewish Lawyer’s Guild
- Irving Hirsch, City Bar Association of New York
- Emily Hoffman, Community Service Society of New York
- Chris Kwok, AABANY
- Arnold Levine, Criminal Bar Association
- Cynthia Liang Weaver, Asian Americans for Equality
- David Oddo, New York State Trial Lawyers
- Wanda Sanchez Day, Puerto Rican Bar Association
- Chul Pak, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
- Karol Robinson, Association of Black Women Attorneys
- Crystal Shipp, NAACP Mid Manhattan Branch
- Asha Smith, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
- Nasreen Syed, South Asian Bar Association of New York
- Michael Weiner, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal)
On May 3, 2016, the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court reported that the service of incumbents, Hon. Eileen Rakower in the 4th Civil Court District and Hon. Margaret Chan in the 2nd Civil Court District merit continuation. The Panel also reported the following candidates as most highly qualified for two (2) county-wide Civil Court vacancies and a single vacancy in the 4th Civil Court District:
- Judy Kim, Esq.
- Phaedra Perry Esq.
- Josh Hanshaft Esq.
- Emily Morales-Minerva Esq.
- Robert Rosenthal Esq.
- Nicholas Moyne Esq.
- Shahabuddeen Ally Esq.
Thank you to the panel and its administrator, Lucas A Ferrara, Esq. for their diligent work.
Curtis Arluck and Louise Dankberg
Co-Chairs, Judiciary Committee
Chair: Curtis Arluck
Co Chair: Louise Dankberg
Membership: Each Assembly District may be represented by one of its District Leaders.
The Judicial Committee chooses organizations which designates members to a screening panel for judicial candidates. Organizations designate panelists, and panelists review judicial candidates, without party input.
I: Panel Administrator Search
Past administrators have been contacted and the committee is awaiting responses. A new Administrator interview date/time will need to be set due to the delay.
Committee members are welcome to submit candidates for Administrator.
A three year layover is required for Administrators and panelists. They may not serve back to back sessions.
A past Administrator was contacted mid-meeting and accepted the invitation to serve as Administrator again.
Since this candidate has served in the past, and most committee members are familiar with him, the Judicial Committee voted for an expedited interview process which would not require a meeting of the whole committee (though everyone is invited)
If approved name of the Administrator will be revealed in the official public notice for Judge Applicants in the Law Journal and on ManhattanDems.org
The interview was tentatively scheduled for 2/10
II: Organization Outreach
Organizations which have agreed to designate a panelist
Asian Americans for Equality
Korean American Lawyers Assoc
Neighborhood Defenders of Harlem
NY State Defenders Assoc.
Organizations which have declined to designate a panelist
All other organizations are pending a response
III: New Organization Applications
IV: Organizational Designees
Alan Flacks submits Designee from Association of the Bar of City of New York (City Bar Assoc.)
Names of organization designees are not released prior to the convening of the panel to prevent lobbying by judicial applicants
V: Old Business (last week)
VI: District vacancies in Judicial District 4, 6, 7
VII: Current Timeline (subject to change)