2013-09-27 / Columnists

Dispatches

Democratic Judicial Convention
By Geraldine Chapey

On September 17th, The Queens Democratic Organization held the Queens Democratic Convention. The delegates consist of democrats who are elected from each assembly district and make up the 11th Judicial District.

My husband, Eugene Pasternak and I were elected as delegates. My mother Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey was elected as an alternate delegate. The purpose of the convention is to select individuals who will run in the November 2013 election as candidates for the Supreme Court.

The following individuals received the nomination for the September 2013 election; Justice Jeremy S. Weinstein, Justice Robert J. McDonald and Justice Barry A. Schwartz.

Judge Weinstein graduated from Brooklyn Law School and has a B.A. from York College, City University of New York. Judge Weinstein served in our area as a senator. He did an outstanding job for our district. He served as a Civil Court Judge in Queens County from 1994 to 1997. He moved to being an Acting Supreme Court Justice and Supervising Judge of the Civil Court in Queens County from 1997 to 1999. He was elected as a Supreme Court Justice Queens County from 2000 to the present. As the Supervising Judge of the Queens Civil Court, he chaired the Committee on Local Courts and as a member of the Judicial Legislative Group from January 2008 to May 2009. He was the Acting Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in the 11th Judicial District. He is currently serving as the Administrative Judge, Civil Matters in the 11th Judicial District. We look forward to his being elected for a 14 year term in the November election.

Justice J. McDonald is a graduate of New York Law School in June 1979. He co-founded the Environmental Law Society. He earned his B.S. in 1976 at St. John’s University. Judge McDonald has served as a Supreme Court Justice for 14 years (from 2000 to the present). We look forward to his being re-elected in November, 2013.

Justice Barry A. Schwartz served as a Civil Court Judge from 2011 to present. He was the Principal Law Secretary for the Honorable Timothy J. Flaherty from 1999 to 2010. He has experience in the trial and Appellate Professional Practice from 1997 to 1999. He served as the Chief Assistant District Attorney from 1991 to 1997. He served as the Chief Assistant District Attorney from 1991 to 1997. He was the founding partner of a firm specializing in criminal defense work at both the trial and appellate level. The firm also developed a significant civil litigation component. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in 1967 and from St. John’s University School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1972. We look forward to his being elected in November.

Judge Jeremy S. Weinstein and Judge Robert J. McDonald have served for 14 years and are now running for a new 14 year term in the Supreme Court. Judge Barry A. Schwartz is running for his initial term of 14 years on the Supreme Court.

Each of these individuals is very qualified both in terms of education and experience. I encourage you to vote for them when you go to vote in November.

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