City Bar Association: Robert Johnson, Noach Dear Unfit to Serve

The New York City Bar Association has just come out with its rating of district attorney and judicial candidates in the upcoming general election, and it ruled that incumbent Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson is not qualified to hold office.

Johnson, according to the Bar Association’s press release, is “Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate.”

The group also found Brooklyn judicial candidate Noach Dear not qualified to hold office.

The decision on Johnson may have had something to do with the fact that he declined to meet with the City Bar Association, a process that most other candidates for legal positions submit to.

I’m still waiting for Johnson’s statement on the rating.

Here’s the association’s press release:

NEW YORK CITY BAR RATES GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR SUPREME COURT, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SURROGATE’S COURT, AND CIVIL COURT IN NEW YORK CITY

New York–The New York City Bar has evaluated candidates running in the general elections for Supreme Court, District Attorney, Surrogate’s Court, and Civil Court in Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County and Richmond County.

In examining candidates for the judiciary, the Committee on the Judiciary of the Association seeks to determine whether the candidate possesses the requisite qualifications for judicial office, such as integrity, impartiality, intellectual ability, knowledge of the law, industriousness, and judicial demeanor and temperament.

The Committee advances two ratings: APPROVED and NOT APPROVED.  Candidates rated APPROVED have affirmatively demonstrated qualifications necessary for the performance of the duties of the court for which they are being considered.

The Committee’s conclusions are as follows:

Supreme Court

Bronx County

George Villegas    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate

Kings and Richmond Counties

Paul M Atanasio    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Ross Brady    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
L. Priscilla Hall    Approved
Dennis W. Houdek    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Larry D. Martin    Approved
Robert J. Miller    Approved
Albert Tomei    Approved

New York County

Shelia Abdus-Salaam    Approved
Paul G. Feinman    Approved
Fern A. Fisher    Approved
Charles Ramos    Approved

Queens County

Denis J. Butler    Approved
Kenneth C. Holder    Approved
Joseph F. Kasper    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Kerry John Katsorhis    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Steven W. Paynter    Approved
Theodore Stamas    Approved

Surrogate’s Court

Kings County

Diana A. Johnson    Approved
Theodore Alatsas    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate

Richmond County

Robert J. Gigante    Approved

District Attorney

Bronx County

Robert T. Johnson    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate

Queens County

Richard A. Brown    Approved

Richmond County

Daniel M. Donovan, Jr.    Approved
Michael J. Ryan    Approved

Civil Court

Bronx County

1st District   
Paul Indig    Approved
Donald A. Miles    Approved

Kings County

Countywide   
Frederick C. Arriaga    Approved
Vincent F. Martusciello    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Michael S. Reinhardt    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Robin K. Sheares    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Debra Silber    Approved
Philip J. Smallman    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Thomas J.R. Stadnik    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Carolyn E. Wade    Approved
3rd District   
Dawn Marie Jimenez    Approved
5th District   
Noach Dear    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
James P. McCall    Approved
6th District   
Katherine A. Levine    Approved

New York County

Countywide   
Harold B. Beeler    Approved
Dorothy Chin-Brandt    Approved
Robert R. Reed    Approved
1st District   
Lucy Billings    Approved
9th District   
Andrea Masley    Approved
10th District   
Geoffrey D. Wright    Approved

Queens County

Countywide   
Rudolph E. Greco, Jr.    Approved
4th District   
Robert Beltrani    Not approved by reason of the candidate’s failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate
Cheree A. Buggs    Approved
6th District   
William A. Viscovich    Approved

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public.  The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged.  Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.