Queens Councilman Rory Lancman’s wife was nominated Monday by the Queens Democratic Party for a Queens Civil Court judgeship, a development Mr. Lancman acknowledged was aided by his renewed good standing with the county political machine.
The Democratic nomination for the position all but guarantees Mr. Lancman’s wife, Morgan, will win election for a much-desired judgeship in November.
Mr. Lancman said that his wife was found to be qualified by an independent judicial screening panel several years ago. He acknowledged that his renewed good standing with leadership of the Queens Democratic Party—whose day-to-day leadership is made up of a group of politically-connected attorneys—also did not hurt. The judgeship comes with a $159,900 salary and a 10-year term.
Queens surrogate and Supreme Court judges have been subject of criticism in the past because they frequently hand out court lucrative appointments to attorneys with close connections to the Queens Democratic Party. For instance, Queens Democratic leader and Rep. Joseph Crowley's campaign treasurer is a frequent choice. Queens Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz has also been getting a number of "referee" appointments from a judge closely connected to him.