Monday, September 8, 2008

Tomorrow’s Democratic Primary: Surrogates Court

As far as I can see the only primary race that Roosevelt Island residents can vote on tomorrow, September 9, 2008 is that for the Democratic candidate for New York County Surrogates Court. Of the three candidates I have personally seen two campaigning on Roosevelt Island including John Reddy Jr. and Judge Milton Tingling. It may be that Nora Anderson has campaigned here as well but I have not personally seen her.

NYS Assembly Representative Micah Kelner (D-65) is supporting Mr. Reddy and has campaigned with him at both the local subway station and also at Good Shepherd Plaza where I was introduced to Mr. Reddy. I met Judge Tingling at the Farmer’s market two Saturdays ago. Both seemed competent based on the small talk that I have exchanged with each.

An interesting article about the race can be found HERE on the City Hall blog.

1 comment:

  1. From the September 4th NY Daily News:
    "Anderson has borrowed $225,000 from her longtime employer, trust lawyer Seth Rubenstein, who is the grandson of a surrogate and the father of Manhattan lawyer Joshua Rubenstein, who heads the trust and estate section of a major law firm.

    That's almost certainly a violation of Article 14, Section 114 of New York State election law, which specifies that a campaign loan "shall be deemed, to the extent not repaid by the date of the primary, general or special election, as the case may be, a contribution."

    The $225,000 is far above the legal contribution limit. So Anderson, if she wins, will likely be in violation of the law."

    Anderson has no intention of paying back that "Loan" and will only be subject to a small fine for intentionally violating the election law. Sad, a candidate for Judge violatig the law on her way to the bench. Can you imagine what her behaviot will be like once she's on the bench?

    John Reddy is a reformer with a 10 point plan on cleaning up Surrogate's Court. He worked hard to raise the money to finance his campaign, and every contribution he got was legal and didn't violate the elections law.

    Seth Rubenstein, the lawyer that loaned Nora Anderson the $225,000 will be appearing before her for guardianships if she is elected. You tell me, do you think he will get his money back tenfold with her as judge?

    If Seth Rubenstein wanted to control the Manhattan's Surrogate Court that much, he should have run for the office himself, rather than using Nora Anderson as his shill, and illegally financing her campaign from behind the scenes.

    Judge Milton Tingling has one of the worst reversal rates of any NY Supreme Court Jusge.

    The Only real choice for Manhattan Surrogate's Court Jusge is John Reddy.