Judge Payne to Quit Bench
[31 May 2012]
New York City Civil Court Judge Kibbie Payne will retire from the bench according to County sources. This came as a surprise as petitions for his re-election were to be printed now in time for the June 5th, 2012, petitioning period. Judge Payne's ten-year term expires this year, and he would have been eligible for re-election, but would have been able to serve only two years before reaching the mandatory retirement age.
An Upper West Side resident, Kibbie Franklyn Payne, a Howard University School of Law graduate, serves as a designated ("acting") Supreme Court Justice in the Bronx Civil Term. He was elected in 2002 from Manhattan's 8th Civil Court District [bounded by Fifth Ave. from E. 110th Street to the Harlem (East) River at 155th Str. and East 110th Str. from 5th Ave. to the East River. (The district also includes Randall's and Ward's Islands)].
The party's district leaders in that area are said to favor Maria Veronica Rosado, Jeanette Rodriguez-Morick, and Olga Statz. If Statz runs, she may have an uncontested Primary and would thus clear the way for Lisa Sokoloff to have also an uncontested Primary in the 3rd Civil Court District (14th Str. to W. 65th Str., West of 7th Ave. to the Hudson River) where the two are currently running.