Herbert Kramer, a state Supreme Court justice for 28 years and the president of the Kings County Supreme Court Justices Association, died on Oct. 28 at New York-Presbyterian University Hospital after a short illness. He was 76.
Kramer was to have concluded his third, two-year term of recertification on the bench before his scheduled retirement at the end of next month.
Supreme Court Justice Esther Morgenstern of Brooklyn, who was Kramer’s law clerk from 1986 to 1996, said the judge was “full of life” and looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren before his recent illness.
Kramer, a 1964 New York University Law School graduate, was first elected as a Civil Court judge in 1979 and appointed an acting Supreme Court justice in 1984. He was elected to the Supreme Court in 1990 and certificated in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Among the many cases he presided over were numerous health-related claims filed by individuals or their estates against cigarette manufacturers, Morgenstern said.
Kramer is survived by his wife Irma; two daughters, Brachi and Penina, and a son, Mendy.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 31 at the Shomrei Hadas Chapel in Borough Park, Brooklyn.