Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hearing: Impact of Budget Cuts on the Judiciary


Co-Chairs: Hon. Stephen G. Crane & Michael Miller



14 VESEY STREET, between Broadway & Church Street, Manhattan

9:00 A.M. TO 3:15 P.M.

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:15-9:45 a.m. Panel 1: Impact of Budget Cuts on the State Courts

Hon. Lawrence Marks, Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration

Ronald Younkins, Chief of Operations, Office of Court Administration

10:00-11:00 a.m. Panel 2: Impact of State Court Budget Cuts on Children,

Families and the Public – Part I


Hon. Laura Drager, Acting Justice of the NYS Supreme Court

Hon. Kristin Booth Glen, Surrogate, NY County;
Former Dean, CUNY Law School

Dennis R. Hawkins, Executive Director, Fund for Modern Courts

Matthew J. Troy, Support Magistrate, NY Family Court

11:15-12:15 p.m. Panel 3: Impact of State Court Budget Cuts on Children, Families, and the Public -- Part II


Briana Denney, Co-Chair, NYCLA Matrimonial Law Section

Dora F. Galacatos, Senior Counsel, Feerick Center for Social Justice, Fordham University School of Law

Ira Salzman, Partner, Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin

Louise Seeley, Executive Director, Housing Court Answers

[12:15-12:45 p.m. -- Break]

1:00-2:00 p.m. Panel 4: Impact of State Court Budget Cuts on the Criminal Justice System


Daniel R. Alonso, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Lori Cohen, Partner, Cohen & Funk, PC

Irwin Shaw, Attorney in Charge, New York County Criminal Defense Office, The Legal Aid Society

William Gorta, Associate Metro Editor, New York Post

2:15-3:15 p.m. Panel 5: Impact of Budget Cuts on the Federal Courts


Hon. Carol Bagley Amon, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York

Edward Friedland, District Executive, Southern District of New York

Eileen Kelly, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, U.S. Probation Department, Eastern District of New York

If you plan to attend, kindly r.s.v.p. to:

Michael Miller, Attorney at Law
1250 Broadway, Suite 3800
New York, N.Y. 10001
Tel: (212) 545-7000 / Fax: (212) 532-8800
Mobile: (917) 375-2111

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Induction of Susan Avery
as a N.Y.C. Housing Court Judge
Thursday, 17th November, 2011, at 4:30 P.M.

N.Y.C. Civil Court, 111 Centre Str., Rm. 325, Manhattan

Reception to follow at the White Street Synagogue,
49 White Street (betw. B'way & Church Str.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stallman Decision on T.R.O. for Zuccotti Park ("O.W.S.")

Link to these (copy the u.r.l. to your "clipboard" and paste it into a web browser):

and also, when sleep becomes speech. . . .

and of interest:

Now is the winter of our fiscal discontent
made glorious summer by this sun of Mario.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reminder: To-night 11/14/11 D.I.D. Pah-tee

To-Night, Monday, 14th November, 2011
Downtown Independent Democrats
Fall Fund-Raiser from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.

Ristorante La Mela
167 Mulberry Street (betw. Broome & Grand Sts.) in Little Italy

By Subway, #6 Lex. Ave. local to Spring Str.
B.M.T. "N," "RR," "Q" trains to Canal Str.
IND "BB" or "D" to Grand Street

$25 for members and amici.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reminder (to-night)

Wednesday, 9th November, 2011, 7 o'clock P.M. SHARP!
Screening of film on the missing Judge Joseph Force Crater
From 7 to 8 P.M.

Screening of Billy Sternberg's revised and edited film about the infamous unsolved case of the missing Judge Joseph Force Crater. Not to be missed by political buffs! Excellent film footage of the day when Tammany Hall ruled the roost and controlled the buying and selling of judges.

The screening is only an hour long and begins at 7 P.M. sharp. N.Y. Film Academy Screening Room, 100 East 17th Street, Manhattan. Southeast corner of 17th Str. & Park Avenue South. The building is the old 1929 Tammany Hall. Please note that if you are under an awning and see a ticket window, you are at the wrong theatre. Enter where the students "hang" and are smoking and wearing the N.Y. Film Academy shirts.

Five dollar contribution requested to cover the rental of the room. Afterward we shall repair to the atmospheric Old Town Bar (45 E. 18th Str. betw. Pk. & Bway). Cash bar.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Flacks Reminder (5 Nov. 11)

Memorial Service for Kalev Pehme

A memorial service for Kalev Pehme, ace political reporter, will be held Sunday, 6th November, 2011, at 1 o'clock p.m., at the Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues.

Standard Time

We've returned to Standard Time so don't forget to turn back your time pieces. (Recall, "Spring ahead; Fall back"?)

General Election

Tuesday, 8th November, 2011, is the General election day, and here on the isle of the Manhattan Indians, all we have are unopposed judge candidates. A light turn-out, so no waiting at the polling places. Of all the candidates for N.Y.C.'s Civil court and for the State's trial bench, only Ellen Gesmer and Barbara Jaffe accepted the Republican line. Why did they do that? Were they afraid of losing? The others didn't.

Laura Safer-Espinoza declined the Republican line when she last ran for re-election. Paul Feinman refused the Republican designation stating "I am a Democrat." And Emily Jane Goodman never took the Republican endorsement ever for the Civil or Supreme court benches. (Only Michael Stallman provided me with a very good reason for doing so when he last ran for re-election to Civil court.)

Whither Judge Crater?

Please save the date for a newly revised film presentation Wednesday evening, 9th November, 2011, on the missing Judge Joseph Force Crater at the old Tammany Hall (100 E. 17th Str.). Details to follow manana. Info., ring (917) 685+82.03.