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                        2011 General Election Voter Guide
                                   Tuesday, November 8th
                                   Polls open 6 am to 9 pm
                  Poll site locator: http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm
                             (Use the above link to view your sample ballot)

                                           Offices on the Ballot
District Attorney
       Queens District Attorney                                   (Manhattan continued)
       Bronx District Attorney                                      Judge of the Civil Court - District - 6th
       Staten Island District Attorney                               Municipal Court District
                                                                     Judge of the Civil Court - District - 7th
New York City Council (Queens)
                                                                      Municipal Court District
      City Council District 28                                      Judge of the Civil Court - District - 9th
New York County Supreme and Civil Court Elections                     Municipal Court District
  MANHATTAN                                                   BROOKLYN
     Justice of the Supreme Court – 1st Judicial                    Justice of the Supreme Court - 2nd Judicial
      District                                                        District
     Judge of the Civil Court - County                              Judge of the Civil Court - County
     Judge of the Civil Court -District – 3rd                QUEENS
      Municipal Court District                                       Justice of the Supreme Court - 11th Judicial
     Judge of the Civil Court - District - 4th                       District
      Municipal Court District                                STATEN ISLAND
     Judge of the Civil Court - District - 5th                      Justice of the Supreme Court - 13th Judicial
      Municipal Court District                                        District

          The following information for New York City District Attorney Candidates and the 28 th City
                Council District are available on the League’s online voter guide VOTE411.org
        *Please note: Candidates are solely responsible for the content and accuracy of their campaign statements.
Queens District Attorney
Candidates (choose 1):

              Richard A. Brown
              Party: DEM, REP, CON
              Campaign website not available.
              Q: Please provide a campaign statement (we ask that you please include the
              neighborhoods and communities that make up the district you are running for).

A: Over the past more than two decades that I have been privileged to serve as District
Attorney we have been able to build the Queens County District Attorney’s Office into an office
that has the respect of our law enforcement colleagues and the confidence of the residents of
Queens County. I am grateful for the continued support of our elected public officials,
community leaders and residents -- regardless of political persuasion -- and look forward to
continuing to serve the people of Queens County in the years to come. -RAB


Bronx District Attorney
Candidates (choose 1):

              Robert T. Johnson
              Party: DEM, REP, CON
              Campaign website not available.
              Q: Please provide a campaign statement (we ask that you please include the
              neighborhoods and communities that make up the district you are running for).


A: In the Bronx, in the years from 1990 to 2010, violent crime has declined 73%, homicides 81%,
and auto theft 90%. While this represents tremendous success, there remains a great deal of
work still to be done. The success is a result of communication and cooperation between and
among the NYPD, the community and the District Attorney’s Office. My time in office, which
began in 1989, has been marked by, among other things, collaborations and the assemblage of
a talented and professional staff. The focus has been on holding violent criminals accountable
through jail and prison sentences, along with efforts to curtail reoffending and prevent crime.
As part of our effort, which involves prosecution, guilty pleas and trials, we have relied upon
bureaus which target specific problems, such as the Gang/Major Case Bureau. In addition, we
have chosen to turn to innovations like Bronx Community Solutions (which provides
alternatives for misdemeanor offenders), and Bronx Mental Health Court. Furthermore, our
Community Affairs Unit focuses on reaching young people in the schools and community
centers, in order to help them make the choices which will keep them away from criminality.
Our energy and commitment to combat crime from every conceivable angle has not
diminished. We very much look forward to continuing to work with the people of The Bronx to
provide the safe environment that all who live, work, worship and play here deserve.


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Staten Island District Attorney
Candidates (choose 1):

                 Daniel M. Donovan, Jr.
                 Party: REP, IND
                 Address: Donovan for DA 2300 Richmond Road Staten Island, NY 10306
                 Campaign Phone: (917) 474-4136
                 Web Site: www.dandonovan.org
                 Email: carara@dandonovan.org
Q: Please provide a campaign statement (we ask that you please include the neighborhoods and
communities that make up the district you are running for).
A: Dan Donovan has more than 16 years experience as a professional prosecutor, serving as the
District Attorney of Staten Island for the last eight years. During that time, he has racked up an
impressive record, leading the city in felony prosecutions 7 of those 8 years. He has aggressively
targeted drunk drivers, domestic abusers, sex offenders and those who prey on seniors and
children; took hundreds of illegal guns off the street. As recognition of his success by his peers,
Dan Donovan was elected President of the New York State District Attorney’s association and
recently appointed the New York State Director for the National District Attorneys Association
(NDAA), the world's oldest and largest professional organization representing criminal
prosecutors. Additionally, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York awarded its 2006
“Diversity Champion Award” to Donovan for increasing Diversity in the DAs office and for
raising the office’s standards. He is endorsed for re-election by former New York City Mayors
Rudy Giuliani and Ed Koch; former Governor George Pataki; former Staten Island Borough
president Guy Molinari; every major law enforcement and public safety organization; and the
United Federation of Teachers.

                 Michael J. Ryan
                 Party: DEM, CON
                 Address: Committee to Elect Michael J. Ryan
                 35 New Dorp Plaza Staten Island, NY 10306
                 Campaign Phone: (646) 599-2187
                 Web Site: ryan4da.com/
                 Email: info@Ryan4DA.com
Q: Please provide a campaign statement (we ask that you please include the neighborhoods and
communities that make up the district you are running for).




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A: As Staten Island’s District Attorney, Mike Ryan will put his law enforcement, legal and life
experience to work for us to make all of Staten Island safer. Mike Ryan went to law school
nights while working full-time in law enforcement. He knows what it means to put on a
bulletproof vest, a badge around his neck and arrest wanted criminals. He received a “Medal of
Valor” and an FBI award for arresting murderers, and getting guns and drugs off the street.
Mike Ryan has criminal justice and law enforcement management experience. He served as
Acting Deputy Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. He oversaw the
NYPD, FDNY/EMS, and the Corrections, Probation and Juvenile Justice Departments. He was
also the Deputy Director of the State’s Division of Criminal Justice Service. Mike Ryan will not
use the District Attorney’s office as a stepping-stone to higher office. Mike Ryan wants to be
Staten Island’s District Attorney. Staten Island has an epidemic of illegal prescription drug sales
and usage. To target drug dealers, Mike Ryan will bring back the specialized “Narcotics Bureau”
shut down by the current District Attorney. Murders, rapes and robberies are increasing on
Staten Island. Mike Ryan will take action to send dangerous criminals to jail, and will not plea
bargain away crimes to artificially increase his conviction rate. Mike Ryan will put making the
lives of Staten Islanders safer first.

New York City Council
Candidates (choose 1):

               Ruben Wills
               Party: DEM
               Q: What is the most important issue in Council District 28 you would address if
               elected? -- Information was provided by the New York City Campaign Finance
               Board.
A: One of the most important issues that impedes our growth is the lack of sustainable and long
term economic development. By addressing the void of economic development and bringing
more and better job opportunities, the benefit will result in a decrease in crime and an overall
increase in the quality of life enjoyed by everyone.
Q: What other important issues would you address if elected? -- Information was provided by
the New York City Campaign Finance Board.
A: Homeless shelters that pop up almost overnight in the district is a concern. This creates an
undue burden and over-saturation of shelters in one area and that is not fair. I plan to
introduce legislation that would ensure that all districts in the city are assuming the
responsibility of protecting our vulnerable homeless population and not just some districts.
Q: What makes you the best candidate for this office? -- Information was provided by the New
York City Campaign Finance Board.
A: My history in this community has made me sensitive to the issues. I have been in elected
office less than a year and during my short time in office, we have fought the cuts to our senior
and daycare centers and won; held the city accountable for failing to inform our neighborhood
of a new men’s shelter with registered sex offenders; fought the closures of PS 30 and August
Martin High School — and won the fight to keep PS 40 open.


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              New York County Supreme and Civil Court Elections

                       Source of Information – NY State Courts
Please note: Candidates are solely responsible for the content and accuracy of their information.
Some candidates have opted to not participate in this voter guide.
                                  http://www.nycourts.gov/vote/2011/


                                             Manhattan
Justice of the Supreme Court – 1st Judicial District (Vote for 5)

                       Laura Visitacion Lewis
                       Democrat

                        Personal Statement: I recently marked my 18th anniversary on the bench, an
                        occasion that provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon my experiences as
                        a judge, and my life-long career in public service law. My professional
                        background, which includes 5 years as a Staff Attorney with The Legal Aid Society,
8 years as a Court Attorney in the Appellate Division, 4 years as a Criminal Court Judge, and 14 years as a
Supreme Court Justice, spans a period of 31 years. As I seek re-election to the Supreme Court, it is with a
continuing commitment to use my experience, legal skills, and knowledge in service to the public, ever
mindful that with the awesome power of the office comes an enormous responsibility that must be
carefully and compassionately exercised each day, with each case. It is a never-ending challenge, but
one that energizes me and serves to remind me why I chose a career in law. I am pleased to note that I
have received favorable ratings from each of the screening panels that has reviewed my experience,
decisions, references, and general qualifications to continue to do this critical work.

Professional Experience:

       Judge, Criminal Court of the City of N.Y.
       Law Secretary to Associate Justice Bentley Kassal Appellate Division, First Department
       Principal Appellate Law Assistant, Law Department Appellate Division, First Department
       Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society




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                       Joan A. Madden

                       Democrat

                         Personal Statement: I am seeking reelection as a Justice of the Supreme Court. I
                         have served as a judge for nearly 20 years, in Supreme Court for almost 14 years,
                         and in Civil and Criminal Courts for 6 years. I have been favorably rated by the
following screening panels, who have reviewed my qualifications for reelection, including written
opinions and references: the Committee on the Judiciary of the New York City Bar; the Joint Minority Bar
Association Screening Panel; the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the First
Judicial District; and the New York County Democratic Committee Independent Judicial Screening Panel.
I am the co-chair of the Judicial Section of the New York County Lawyers Association, and a member of
the New York State Bar Association (Judicial Section), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York,
the National Association of Women Judges, and the Brehon Law Society. I reside in the upper West Side
of Manhattan, where I have lived for over 30 years with my husband and until recently, our two sons.

Professional Experience:
     Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Assigned to Civil Court, 1994-1997
     Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Assigned to Criminal Court, 1992-1993
     Supervising Attorney/Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, 1973-1991


Annalisa Torres, Democrat, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Deborah A. Kaplan, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: Prior to embarking on her judicial career, Judge Kaplan had a distinguished career
in public service. For eleven years she provided subperb legal representation to indigent people accused
of crimes at the Legal Aid Society, earning the Orison S. Marden Award, the Society's highest honor.
Judge Kaplan served as Principal Court Attorney to Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Deputy Chief
Administrative Judge for Justice Iniatives and later as Chief Management Analyst and Project Counsel for
the New York State Drug Treatment Program. In her ten years on the Bench, she has served with
distinction, first in the Criminal Court of the City of New York, presiding in a specialized part. And for the
last five years, as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Civil Branch. Since 2008, she has presided over
a Matrimonial Part, handling all aspects of divorce cases. She has demonstrated that she is an even-
handed, thoughtful, patient and efficient jurist, deciding cases in a timely fashion, and always focusing
on how to ultimately resolve the matter expeditiously so the litigants and their innocent children caught
in the middle can move forward with as little financial and emotional damage as possible.

Professional Experience:

       Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County-Civil Branch
       Civil Court Judge-designated as Criminal Court Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York
       Chief Management Analyst & Project Counsel Hon. Joseph T. Traficanti, Jr. (Ret.) Deputy Chief
        Administrative Judge and Director, Office of Court Treatment Programs
       Principal Court Attorney Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Dean, New York State Judicial Institute,
        formerly Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Iniatives


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Ellen Gesmer, Democrat, Republican, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Judge of the Civil Court – County – (Vote for 2)

                        Erika M. Edwards
                        Democrat

                         Personal Statement: Erika McDaniel Edwards is an experienced litigator who has
                         devoted her entire 18 year career to serving the public. She is a former
                         prosecutor; former associate at an insurance defense firm; plaintiff's counsel on
                         personal injury and civil rights cases; court-appointed criminal defense attorney
in federal and state courts; volunteer lawyer; moderator and panelist on numerous programs; and
coordinator of free legal clinics for the community. She is also life member of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, a public service organization. Erika is a founding partner of a Harlem-based law firm,
Donaldson, Chilliest & McDaniel. She is a member of the prestigious Criminal Justice Act Panel, which
permits her to handle court-appointed criminal defense cases in Manhattan federal court. She also
specializes in personal injury, estate planning, civil rights violations involving false arrest and excessive
force/misconduct and private criminal defense cases. She and her husband have an eight year old son
who is in fourth grade. Erika possesses the necessary temperament, character, background, experience
and judgment to be an excellent judge.

Professional Experience:
     Law Offices of Erika P. McDaniel, P.C. Attorney/Sole Practitioner
     Pollack & Greene, LLP Associate Attorney
     New York County District Attorney's Office Assistant District Attorney


Saliann Scarpulla, Democrat, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Judge of the Civil Court – District – 3rd Municipal Court District – (Vote for 2)

Paul Goetz , Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: Paul Goetz has been found "most highly qualified" by three independent judicial
screening panels and has been endorsed by: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; State Senator Tom
Duane; Assemblymember Richard Gottfried; Assemblymember Deborah Glick; Assemblymember and
Democratic County Leader Keith Wright; Former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields;
Democratic District Leader Mary Dorman; Democratic District Leader Tom Schuler; Democratic District
Leader James McManus; Chelsea Reform Democratic Club; Chelsea Midtown Democratic Club;
McManus Democratic Club; Ansonia Independent Democratic Club; Village Independent Democrats; and
Stonewall Democratic Club. He has also been found "qualified" by the New York City Bar Association.

Professional Experience:
     New York Law School Adjunct Professor, Fall semester 2008 - 2010
     Civil Court of the City of New York, 1/02 - 12/02 Chambers of the Hon. Barbara Jaffe
     The Legal Aid Society, 2/96 - 12/01 Civil Division, Bronx Neighborhood Office


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                        Anthony Cannataro
                        Democrat

                        Personal Statement: “Approved” – Association of the Bar of the City of New
                        York; “Highly Approved” – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Law Association
                        of Greater New York; “Well Qualified” – Metropolitan Black Bar
                        Association/Joint Minority Bar Association Screening Panel. Endorsed by The
New York Times and The Daily News. I have dedicated my legal career to public service, appearing
before the courts as an attorney for the City of New York and working for judges of the New York State
Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Outside of work, I am a member of the New York City Bar Assn.
and the New York County Lawyers Assn. For many years, I have volunteered as an arbitrator in Small
Claims Court and at the Walk-in Legal Clinic of the Lesbian, Gay & Transgender Law Association. I have
also volunteered with New York Cares, most recently tutoring high school students. I have been found
“most highly qualified” by three Independent Judicial Screening Panels in 2010 & 2011. This year, I have
also been endorsed by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Tom Duane, Assembly Members Linda
Rosenthal and Richard Gottfried, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Borough President Scott Stringer,
among others.

Professional Experience:
     Law Clerk to Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, New York State Court of Appeals, Albany and
        New York, NY (2000-2003)
     Assistant Corporation Counsel/Senior Counsel, New York City Law Department, Office of the
        Corporation Counsel, New York, NY (1996-2000)

Judge of the Civil Court - District - 4th Municipal Court District

Alexander Tisch, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: Found most highly qualified for Civil Court Judge by the 2011 NY County
Democratic Party Independent Judicial Screening Panel.

Professional Experience:
       Short and Billy, PC


Judge of the Civil Court - District - 5th Municipal Court District

Franc Perry, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: I am honored to have been designated as "Highly Qualified" to become a judge by
the Democratic County-Wide and Fifth Judicial Independent Judicial Screening Panels. I have also been
deemed "Approved" to become a judge by the New York City Bar Association. I am a cum laude
graduate of New England College, Henniker New Hampshire and a graduate of George Washington
University Law School. I also received a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. As a
practicing attorney for over 20 years, I have worked as a litigation associate for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz
and Dicker and have served as a Principal Court Attorney for the Appellate Term, First Department.

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In addition to my legal experience, I have dedicated my free time to Community Service. Until October,
2011, I was the Chairman of Community Board 10 in Manhattan and was a member of the Board of
Trustees of New England College. I am presently a member of the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP,
and a former Board member of Mothers" Voices, an AIDS education organization. I reside in Harlem with
my partner and our two children and am dedicated to bringing the best of both my professional and
personal experience to the Bench.

Professional Experience:
     Principal Court Attorney, Appellate Term, First Department 1990-2001
     Litigation Associate, Wilson Elser Moskowitz and Dicker 1986-2000




Judge of the Civil Court - District - 6th Municipal Court District - New York

Harold A. Adler, Photo not available, Democrat, Republican,
Personal Statement: I have been approved for re-election by the New York County Democratic
Independent Judicial Screening Panel, the New York State Office of Court Administration’s Independent
Judicial Election Qualification Commission, and approved and endorsed by the New York Republican
County Committee. Syracuse University College of Law with honors, and for the past 5years full time
Acting Supreme Court Justice, Bronx Supreme Court, Criminal Division. I have been involved in many
community services activities during my judgeship and honored. Before his judgeship, he commenced
federal class actions on behalf of the poor in New York City establishing the rights of children with
handicapping conditions to an education, representing thousands of our homeless neighbors and those
facing eviction in our City. His daughter is attending medical school and his son was recently awarded
the Army’s Bronze Star as an officer in Afghanistan.

Professional Experience:
     Acting Supreme Court Justice, Assigned to Bronx County Criminal Division
     Civil Court Judge, City of New York, Assigned to Criminal Court


Judge of the Civil Court - District - 7th Municipal Court District - New York

Raymond L. Bruce, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: None

Professional Experience:
     ACTING SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Assigned to Bronx County Criminal Division November 2004
        to Present
     CIVIL COURT JUDGE, CITY OF NEW YORK Assigned to Criminal Court, Bronx County January 1,
        2002 to November 2004




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Judge of the Civil Court - District - 9th Municipal Court District - New York
                        Barbara Jaffe
                        Republican
                        Personal Statement: None

                         Professional Experience:
                              Judge, New York City Civil Court
                              Principal Court Attorney to Justice, Supreme Court, New York County,
                                 Unified Court System
      Associate Appellate Counsel, The Legal Aid Society




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                                             Brooklyn
Justice of the Supreme Court - 2nd Judicial District (Vote for 6)

David Friedman, Photo not available, Democrat, Republican, Conservative
Personal Statement: Justice David Friedman was appointed in 1999 as an Associate Justice of the
Appellate Division, First Judicial Department.. During his tenure on the Appellate Division, he has
published more than 100 opinions. Justice Friedman was elected to serve as a Justice of the Supreme
Court in Kings County in 1997. Prior to his election to the Supreme Court, he was appointed to serve as
an Acting Justice of that court effective January 1994. Justice Friedman was elected to serve as a Judge
of Civil Court in Kings County in 1989. Before his election to the bench, Justice Friedman served as law
secretary to Supreme Court Justice Nicholas A. Clemente and to Appellate Division Justice M. Henry
Martuscello, and as a law assistant in the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. Justice
Friedman received his Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) from Brooklyn College in 1971 and
his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from New York Law School in 1975. Justice Friedman has been found
qualified for reelection by the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York City Bar, the Kings County
Democratic Party Screening Committee, the IJEQC, and the Joint Minority Bar Association.

Professional Experience:
     Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department
     Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial District
     Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial District
     Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County


Lawrence S. Knipel, Photo not available, Democrat, Independence, Republican
Personal Statement: With 21 years of judicial experience consisting of seven years as Judge of the Civil
Court followed by 14 years as Justice of the Supreme Court, I am now seeking re-election to the position
of Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. During this period, I have served both in the
criminal and civil divisions of the court and currently principally preside over medical malpractice
litigation in Kings County. I have lectured on topics including Technology in the Courtroom and issues in
Medical Malpractice and have been fortunate to receive the highest approval rating from every
screening panel which has evaluated my candidacy for re-election. With the approval of the electorate it
would be my honor and privilege to continue service as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of
New York.

Professional Experience:
     Judge of Civil Court of the City of New York (1991 - 1997)
     Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Jules Spodek - Kings (1982 - 1990)
     Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Martin Schneier - Kings (1980 - 1982)
     Van Ginkel & Benjamin (1979) Associate in Tax Law




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Paul M. Atanasio, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

                       Betsy Barros
                       Conservative, Democrat, Republican

                         Personal Statement: Justice Betsy Barros was elected to the Kings County
                         Supreme Court in 1997 and has the distinction of being the first Latina woman to
                         serve in this capacity. She received her B.A.from Cornell University in 1979, and
                         her J.D. from NYU School of Law in 1982. A dedicated public servant, she served
as a public defender, a Special Assistant Attorney General prosecuting corruption in the criminal justice
system, and was Bureau Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau and a felony trial bureau in the Kings County
D.A's Office. Justice Barros has presided over criminal, matrimonial and guardianship matters. She has
dedicated herself to diverting offenders into alternative to incarceration programs, successfully
transitioning rehabilitated offenders back into the community. As a guardianship judge, her cases
involve incapacitated individuals in need of protection due to physical abuse and/or financial abuse. She
is member of the Brooklyn Bar Assoc., PRBA, NYS Guardianship Advisory Committee, AJHH, and the
Cornell University Advisory Council. The daughter of Chilean immigrants, Justice Barros was born and
raised in Brooklyn, where she continues to reside with her husband.

Professional Experience:
     Supreme Court Justice, Kings County, January 1998-present Judge of the Civil Court, New York
        County, January 1996-December 1997
     Bureau Chief, Kings County District Attorney, April 1990-December 1995
     Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Special Prosecutor, September 1988-March
        1990
     Public Defender, Legal Aid Society, September 1982-September 1988


Carl J. Landicino, Democrat, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter
guide)

Rachael A. Adams, Photo not available, Democrat, Republican
Personal Statement: None

Professional Experience:
     2000-present New York City Civil Court. Since 2003 assigned as an Acting Supreme Court Judge
        Kings County Supreme Court
     1998-1999Principal Court Attorney/Special Referee
     1988-1998 Hearing Examiner (Support Magistrate) New York State Family Court Kings County
     1979-1988 Staff Attorney District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services


Renata Landskind, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Johnny L. Baynes, Democrat, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts
Voter guide)



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Judge of the Civil Court - County – Kings (Vote for 2)

Sharen D. Hudson, Democrat, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

                        Joseph M. Elhilow
                        Conservative, Republican

                        Personal Statement: Joe is a graduate of Xaverian HS, St. Francis College, and the
                        Catholic University of America Law School. An Ass’t District Atty in Brooklyn from
                        1975 to 1982, his office has been located in Bay Ridge since 1989. The firm
                        practices in the areas of real estate, personal injury, and criminal law. He is
admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court as well as all Courts in NY, NJ, and Wash DC. Joe has
been approved by the Brooklyn Bar Assn and the Assoc of the Bar of the City of NY. A Maronite Catholic,
Joe is a past president of the Parish Council of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral,and serves on the
Stewardship Council. He has worked with many Community organizations and has been honored by the
Arab American Assn of NY, the Boy Scouts and the Salaam Club of New York. He is currently a member
of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Brooklyn Citizen Corps(CERT1NYC), St. Nicholas’ Home for
the Aged, the Arab American Family Support Center, and the Salaam Club of NY Foundation. In 2006 he
was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Married to his college
sweetheart, Mary Ann, they have two daughters Alexis and Gabrielle.

Professional Experience:
     ELHILOW & MAIOCCHI LLP
     LAW OFFICES OF JOSEPH M. ELHILOW
     LEVENSON, PRESSMAN, ELHILOW & GARY
     ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, KINGS COUNTY

                      Peter P. Sweeney
                      Democrat

                        Personal Statement: Prior to taking the bench, the Hon. Peter P. Sweeney
                        practiced in the filed of civil litigation for over 15 years, representing both
                        plaintiffs and defendants, in a broad range of cases, including civil rights, medical
                        malpractice, negligence, labor law and products liability. As a judge, he has
presided over hundreds of jury and bench trials and has published numerous decisions involving a vast
array of legal issues. He has been a regular faculty member of the Judicial Institute of the State of New
York, teaching both judges and court attorneys classes on New York’s No-Fault and Consumer Credit
Law. Justice Sweeney had the distinct honor of being appointed the Supervising Judge of the Civil Court,
Kings County in 2009 and served in that position until his designation as Acting Justice of the Supreme
Court. Justice Sweeney has been found qualified for the office of Civil Court Judge by the Independent
Judicial Election Qualification Commission, the Judicial Screening Committee of the Kings County
Democratic Party, LeGal’s Judicial Screening Panel, the Committee on the Judiciary of the Association of
the Bar and the Joint Minority Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel.


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Professional Experience:
     Designated Justice of the Supreme Court, 2009 to Present
     New York City Civil Court Judge, 2002 to Present, Supervising Judge of the New York City Civil
        Court, Kings County, 2009 to 2010.
     Schwimmer & Sweeney, Member, 1991 to 2001
     Sheft, Wright & Sweeney, Associate, 1985 to 1991


Vincent F. Martusciello, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts
Voter guide)

                                              Queens
City Council District 28 – see page 4

Justice of the Supreme Court - 11th Judicial District

Janice A. Taylor, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: HON. JANICE A. TAYLOR JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW
YORK Hon. Janice A. Taylor is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the County of
Queens, having been elected to that bench on November 4, 1997. As a Justice of the Supreme Court, she
has presided over jury trials including cases of medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury,
employment, labor law, guardianship and other actions. Justice Taylor serves/served as a member of
many community and civic organizations, including, but not limited to, being a board member/officer of
the International Pemphigus/ Pemphigoid Foundation; Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.;
Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, NAACP. Justice Taylor is also a member of the Deaconess Board at
the Concord Baptist Church of Christ; Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.; Links, Inc.; Top Ladies of
Distinction. She will be honored to continue to serve the people of the State of New York as a Justice of
the Supreme Court. She seeks your vote for her re-election.

Professional Experience:
     JUDGE OF THE CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
     PRIVATE PRACTICE; APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND DEPARTMENT REFEREE IN
        CONSERVATORSHIP
     ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, DC 37, AFL-CIO, AFSCME
     ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY, NYCTA (MaBSTOA)


Robert V. Beltrani, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Allan Weiss, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Gabriel Tapalaga, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)




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                       Rudolph E. Greco Jr.
                       Democrat

                       Personal Statement: I believe my wide life experience serves me well in
                       understanding the needs of people in Court. This experience includes the
                       following: Past Political Experience • Member/Director- John F. Kennedy
Democratic Club- Jackson Heights, N.Y. • President & Founder- Association of Neighborhood Democrats
• Member- Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club- Flushing, New York • City Council Candidate 2001-
Endorsed by N.Y. Times, Newsday & Citizens Union Democratic District Leader- 34th A.D. Part A Work
Experience • N.Y.C. Teacher (3 yrs) I.S. 38 Bronx, New York • Steamfitter (4 yrs) Enterprise Association,
Local 638 • Owner- Caffe Greco (2 yrs) Jackson Heights, New York Community Service • Twice President-
Jackson Heights Beautification Group • Founder Jackson Heights Halloween Parade • Author- Children’s
History of Jackson Heights • Pro Bono Counsel- The Renaissance Charter School, Community United
Methodist Church, Queens Council on the Arts • Coach- QBH Jets Pop Warner Football and Elmjack Little
League Baseball

Professional Experience:
     Oct. 1974 - Dec. 2006: Attorney (private practice)- Emphasis on civil, criminal and administrative
        litigation, real estate, commercial, sports and entertainment law; legal precedents set in U.S.S.C,
        NY Court of Appeals, and NYC Appellate Term
     Past Chairman- Queens County Bar Association Committe on the Judiciary


Joseph F. Kasper, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)
                      Timothy J. Dufficy
                      Democrat

                        Personal Statement: I am seeking election to the position of Supreme Court Justice
                        of Queens County. I have vast experience in the court system which I believe
                        makes me highly qualified for this position. I have served as an Assistant District
                        Attorney in Queens County, a Court Attorney to several Supreme Court Justices, as
well as a Principal Court Attorney to an Appellate Division Justice. I believe my background in both the
fields of criminal and civil lawt render me a exemplary candidate for this position. I am a life long
resident of Queens County and have worked as an attorney and as a judge in this county throughout my
legal career. If elected I will serve the public fairly in all respects.

Professional Experience:
     Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York (2003-2011)
     Principal Court Attorney to Justice of the Supreme Court (1984-2002)
     Assistant District Attorney Queens District Attorney's Office (1980-1983)




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                      Kate Christoforatos
                      Republican, Conservative

                        Personal Statement: I earned my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from
                        Fordham University. I graduated in the top 1% of my class from the St. John’s
                        University School of Law. I have been serving the Queens Community as an
                        attorney for 27 years with extensive experience in the areas of Family Law, Elder
Law, Real Estate Law, Business Law and Trusts & Estates, as a partner in the Law Offices of Kulakis &
Christoforatos, Esqs. I am admitted to practice law before the Courts of the State of New York, the
Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States
Supreme Court. I serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Lawyers Association and am a past
President. I am a member of the Queens County Bar Association, the Queens County Women’s Bar
Association and the American Bar Association. I have been rated “Qualified” by the Queens County Bar
Association and “Approved” by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as a Judicial
Candidate. My knowledge of the law and experience with a wide variety of legal matters and clients will
make me an unbiased, fair, diligent and effective member of the Bench.

Professional Experience: No submission received

Pam B. Jackman-Brown, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: 25 years of legal practice and 13 years on the Bench Experience in Criminal Law,
Civil Law, Family Law, Housing Law, Matrimonial Law

Professional Experience: No submission received

Milton Florez, Republican, Conservative, (Opted to not participate in NY Courts Voter guide)

Ira H. Margulis, Photo not available, Democrat
Personal Statement: I am currently a Judge and have served in the New York City Criminal Court since
2003. Before that I worked in the New York City and State Comptroller’s Office and was a Principal Law
Secretary in the Supreme Court. I began my career in the Queens County District Attorney’s office where
I was ultimately promoted to a Supreme Court Trial Bureau Supervisor. I have more than twenty years
experience in practicing law, specifically in the area of trial practice. Both the Association of the Bar of
the City of New York and Queens County Bar Associations have found me to be “qualified” to be a
Supreme Court Justice. I am a lifelong resident of Queens and have served in many organizations,
including the Queens County Bar Association and the Brandeis Jewish Bar Association.

Professional Experience:
     2003 to present Judge, New York City Civil Court - sitting by designation in Queens County
        Criminal Court
     1995-2003 New York City and New York State Comptroller's Office Chief Bureau of Labor Law
        Assistant Comptroller Internal Audit
     1981-1995 Principal Law Secretary to Supreme Court Justices
     1975-1981 Assistant District Attorney, Queens County District Attorney's Office Supreme Court
        Trial Supervisor (1977-1981)

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                       John F. Casey
                       Conservative, Republican

                          Personal Statement: John F. Casey, alumni of St. John's School of Law and
                          Fordham University, has been serving the people of Queens County for over 30
                          years. After working in child welfare, John joined NYS Division of Parole in 1985.
                          As a parole officer, John was the first officer assigned to the elite Special
Offender Unit who monitored New York's most dangerous felons. John worked his way through the
ranks, as well as through law school at night, to achieve his current title of Administrative Law Judge. His
chief responsibility is to review parole violation charges brought against released felons. He is respected
by his peers and lawyers who appear before him for his knowledge of the law and fair decisions. John
also lectures lawyers regarding parole issues. Mindful of others, John has volunteered his time and
expertise as a pro bono lawyer with the Brooklyn Bar Association. He also shares his 30 year love of
karate with the children of Queens by volunteering as an instructor at the Central Queens and Flushing
YMCA. As a devoted dad, an experienced jurist and a man of compassion and strength, John F. Casey
asks for your vote this November.

Professional Experience: No Submission Received



                                            Staten Island
Justice of the Supreme Court - 13th Judicial District
                       Joseph J. Maltese
                       Conservative, Independence, Democrat, Republican

                        Personal Statement: I have served as Judge for the past 20 years. The last 15
                        years have been in the Supreme Court, where I handle medical malpractice,
                        product liability, commercial and civil litigation. I have previously handled
                        criminal, matrimonial and mental health matters. Before the Supreme Court I
served in the Criminal and Civil Courts. I am a mass torts judge and serve on the Litigation Coordinating
Panel reviewing complex litigation pending in more than one county of New York State. As an Adjunct
Professor of Law, I teach law students and lawyers. I also teach Judges at the National Judicial College
and the NYS Judicial Institute. I am a Fellow of the Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication
Resource (ASTAR) Judge program advising judges on how to handle scientific matters in court. I am also
a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, where I serve as the Chair of the Jurisprudence
Section. I am on the NYS Chief Judge's Judicial Advisory Panel. I have served as Brigadier General in the
NY Guard and served as a US Army JAG Officer and as a Military Judge in the US Army Trial Judiciary.

Professional Experience:
     Associate Justice, NYS Litigation Coordinating Panel, since 1992
     Acting Justice, NY Supreme Court, since 1996
     Judge, NYC Criminal & Civil Court, 1992-1996
     Attorney in Private Practice in New York & New Jersey, 1974-1991



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