Democratic state Supreme Court candidates appear to have benefited from a wave that handed Democrats major wins in statehouses across the country and in local races. Of the 28 open state Supreme Court seats, candidates running on the Democratic Party line secured all but two races in which Republican candidates were running unopposed, according to unofficial results with the state’s Board of Elections. Official, certified results are expected next month.
While several candidates won their re-election bid for state Supreme Court, the New York Law Journal is highlighting those who are slated to serve as state Supreme Court justices for the first time, using the unofficial election night results filed with the state. State Supreme Court justices are elected to 14-year terms.
1st Judicial District: New York County, 6 open seats
Sattler was elected to the state Supreme Court with 10.57 percent of the vote, or 165,261. Sattler, who ran on the Democratic Party line, was appointed by then-Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti in 2012 to serve as an acting justice. Sattler was elected as a judge for New York City Civil Court in 2007.
William Franc Perry III
Perry was elected with 9.46 percent, or 147,888, of the vote. Perry, according to judicial candidate information submitted to the state’s uniform court system, was elected as a Civil Court judge in 2011 and had been an acting Supreme Court justice.
Bannon received 9.94 percent of the vote, or 155,418 votes, during last week’s election. She was elected in 2009 as a judge for New York City Civil Court, New York County and had been an acting Supreme Court justice.
Cannataro was elected to New York City Civil Court of New York County in 2011 and upon taking the bench in 2012, the Democrat was designated as an acting judge of the family court in Brooklyn. In 2016, Cannataro, who received 9.48 percent, or 148,205 votes, during last week’s elections, served as a judge of the Civil Court in Bronx County. He is an acting justice of the state Supreme Court and currently serves as the supervising judge of the Civil Court in New York County, according to his judicial candidate biography.
Silvera, a Democrat, received 9.48 percent of the vote in the First Judicial District. He was elected in 2013 as a judge of the New York City Civil Court.
A Democrat, Saunders received 9.68 percent of votes during last week’s election. She is currently the presiding justice of the Harlem Community Justice Center, a community court that handles residential landlord-tenant issues and has a youth court. Saunders was elected as a judge for the New York City Civil Court in 2012.
2nd Judicial District: Kings County, 2 open seats
Borrok, a judge for New York City Civil Court, won with 29.26 percent, or 200,261 votes, on the Democratic party line. Borrok, a former real estate executive, ran unopposed in 2014 for Civil Court. The New York Post showcased Borrok’s 2014 run after he lent his campaign $250,000.
3rd Judicial District: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster Counties, 1 open seat
Julian D. Schreibman
Schreibman, a Democrat, defeated Republican Peter Crummey, the Colonie town justice, for state Supreme Court justice in the Third Judicial District. Schreibman received 46.73 percent of the vote, or 100,900 votes, on last Tuesday’s election, while Crummey received 44.05 percent, or 95,117 votes. Schreibman succeeds Justice Karen Peters, the first woman elected to preside over the Third Judicial District. He is a partner at New York City-based Wachtel Missry, where his practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, class actions and white-collar criminal defense, according to his bio on the law firm’s website. Schreibman previously served as the senior assistant district attorney in Ulster County, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and assistant general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency.
In an interview with the New York Law Journal, Schreibman said he “wanted to find a way” to give back to the community he grew up in. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be given the opportunity to serve the community you grew up in and to have that opportunity means a lot to me personally given where I came from,” the Hudson Valley native said, noting that he was the first in his family to go to college. Schreibman hopes that during his tenure on the bench he’ll be “respected by the practitioners for the diligence and thoughtfulness.”
7th Judicial District: Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates Counties, 1 open seat
Gallagher, a Family Court judge in Monroe County, was elected to the position in 2010. He ran unopposed on the Republican, Independent and Conservative party line, garnering a combined 69.34 percent of the vote.
8th Judicial District: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming Counties, 2 open seats
Lynn Wessel Keane
Wessel Keane received a combined 40.6 percent of the vote, running unopposed on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families Party lines. Wessel Keane, running on the Democratic and Independence Party line, was defeated by two Republican candidates for state Supreme Court in 2016. In 2011, she defeated incumbent Orchard Park Town Justice Philip M. Marshall and had previously been a prosecutor in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
9th Judicial District: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties, 1 open seat
Christi J. Acker
Acker, a Democrat, defeated Republican Linda Murray. Acker received 51.03 percent of the vote, or 237,551 votes, while Murray received 182,767 votes, or 39.27 percent. Since 2008, Acker has served as the town justice for the Town of Pine Plains in Dutchess County, according to her campaign website. She has also served as the principal court attorney to County Court and Acting Supreme Court Justice James Rooney in Putnam County. Ackerman had previously been in private practice.
10th Judicial District: Nassau and Suffolk Counties, 4 open seats
A Suffolk County District Court judge, Kevins received 12.76 percent of the votes in the 10th judicial district, running on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines. In her judicial candidate bio, Kevins said she has resolved roughly 10,000 cases on a yearly basis as a district court judge.
11th Judicial District: Queens County, 6 open seats
Richard G. Latin
Latin is currently an acting justice of the state Supreme Court. Latin, a Democrat, was elected to New York City Civil Court in Queens County in 2009.
Orlow-Mackoff, who ran on the Democratic and Conservative Party lines, was elected Judge of the Civil Court in 2009. In 2017, she was appointed supervising judge of the Civil Court Queens County. Prior to her election, she was a partner at the law firm Orlow and Orlow, which handled matters relating to employment law and personal injuries. She received 8.65 percent, or 152.432 votes, last week.
Ulysses B. Leverett
Leverett has been an acting Supreme Court justice in Queens since 2015. The Democrat was elected as a Civil Court judge in 2012 and was the presiding judge of the Harlem Community Justice Center last year. Leverett received 8.66 percent of the votes.
12th Judicial District Bronx County, 4 open seats
Joseph E. Capella
Capella is a judge in New York City Civil Court. He was appointed by then-Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau in 2011. Cappella, a Democrat, received 69,396 votes, or 12.2 percent, during last weeks elections.
Montao was elected to the New York City Civil Court, Bronx County in 2013. Prior to his election, he was a self-employed attorney practicing criminal, family and matrimonial law. The Democrat’s father, also named Armando, had been a state assemblyman. Montano received 12.33 percent of the votes.