The Democratic primary election for Queens district attorney isn't the only race coming up this month. Queens Democrats will also get to vote for civil court judge — for the first time in decades.
Typically the Queens County Democratic Party chooses candidates for judicial openings and they run unopposed. This year, one of the four open seats is contested: Attorney Lumarie Maldonado Cruz is running against the party's pick, defense lawyer Wyatt Gibbons.
The election is countywide, meaning that anyone in Queens who is registered as a Democrat can vote in this particular race.
The New York City Bar Association, which evaluates candidates in contested primary elections, recently rated Gibbons approved and Maldonado Cruz not approved. But a campaign staffer told
Patch that Maldonado Cruz chose not to participate in the bar association's interview.
"Candidates rated Approved have affirmatively demonstrated qualifications necessary for the performance of the duties of the position for which they are being considered," the bar association's website says of its ratings.
The city's civil courts deal with "everyday legal problems," mainly cases involving less than $25,000. The relatively informal small claims court, which deals with matters involving under $5,000, is also part of civil court.
Civil court judges serve 10-year terms, during which they're assigned to different court divisions, known as "parts," or to do miscellaneous court work. Assignments may include family or criminal courts.
"Patch that Maldonado Cruz chose not to participate in the bar association's interview."
Too many hard to answer questions, background checks, waivers to disciplinary agencies - she has too much baggage from the Bronx political system. Vote for Wyatt Gibbons.
and Greg Lasak!
If Wyatt Gibbons doesn't win this race, the Dem machine is done.
Always vote against the "Machine"
"Always vote against the "Machine""
I agree, except when the opposition is worse. This is not the case of the lesser of two evils. Wyatt's way more qualified than Maldonado Cruz, a Bronx hack who is only trying to jump on the AOC bandwagon. Why isn't she running in the Bronx?
Gibbons for Civil Court Judge!
Lasak for DA!
Gibbons ain't a bad guy but he's definitely part of the old machine and has benefited from those connections with numerous court assignments (guardianships, etc.) Being involved with Bruna DiBiase probably didn't hurt either but I digress. Yes, he should get the slot.
Lasak was chummy with Manton, D'Amico and the whole old Astoria machine but you can't say he's only a machine guy. The record speaks for itself and his career has been one of integrity unlike many others on the bench. I'm supporting Lasak for DA.
This is America. We vote once a year. Politics does to define us. How did we become a politics-all-the-time go-nowhere turd whirled pinada republic? We got better things to do, like make things and build families. We need to cut down on the time wasted with multiple elections. All they do is make the pHaggerties rich
Lumarie Maldonado Cruz all the way!
"Lumarie Maldonado Cruz all the way!" Because Bronx corruption is better than Queens Crap!
DOn't forget Padavan was an anti-vaxxer
I was so excited to hear someone was running against the machine - but between refusing to be interviewed by the Bar and carpetbagging from the Bronx, it seems like the cure is even worse than the disease.
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