Comments: Queens Supreme Court
TO: Anthony D.
FROM: Joan D.
SUBJECT: Eric B. - Fire Extinguished on 5th Floor
This morning at approximately 10:45 AM a fire broke out in the chambers
of Judge T., Room 548. Apparently, a calculator was sitting on top of a halogen
floor lamp. The lamp was turned on and soon the heat of the lamp caused both items
to erupt fire. Judge T. immediately called out to his secretary, Rita Herman,
to get help.
Rita ran out into the hallway and alerted SCO Dan Hornbeck.
Luckily Eric B. was in the vicinity of the Security Desk and immediately
ran into the Fiscal Office and grabbed our fire extinguisher and then ran back
into Judge T.' chambers to extinguish the flames of the fire.
Eric was extinguishing the fire Judge T. attempted to locate another extinguisher
to help Eric. By the time the Judge arrived with the second extinguisher the fire
was already out.
Shortly thereafter, members of our security staff were
stationed outside the chambers and eventually the Fire Department arrived to check
out the station.
Dan A., Building Custodian, and Maclaren C., the
Borough Supervisor, visited the chambers a short time ago. Mr. C. will arrange
for a custodial team to begin a cleaning of Judge T.' chambers today, beginning
at 3:00PM. It will be necessary for a Court Aide or Security personnel to be present.
The clean-up should be finished no later than 10pm tonight.
Hon. Steven W. F.
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435
Dear Judge F.:
I have just completed three weeks of Jury Service at the Supreme Court
at Kew Gardens. I served as the jury foreman at the Carl M. trial. It was
presided over by the Honorable Judge John L.. I would like to share some
of the thoughts of my fellow jurors and I...
- We wish
to acknowledge the professionalism of Judge L.. Right from the first day
of jury selection he was clear with his directions and information regarding the
case. We knew what to expect and roughly how long it would take. Throughout the
trial he would give us updates on the timeline of the trial and this was very
helpful to us in planning our work accordingly. We felt that he was very fair
and equal to both the prosecution and defense. His instructions to us were very
helpful in clarifying the law & how it pertained to our decisions.
you know, no trial would take place without the support and work of others. Again
we would like to acknowledge the efforts of several people. First and foremost,
we wish to thank and recognize the help of Court Officer Don S. who became
our "Den Mother" throughout the lengthy trial. His good humor and professionalism
make him a tribute to his profession. We would also add to that the names of the
other Court Officers. Lewis U., Luis F. and John S..
of the number of witnesses and seriousness of the charges, we needed to have the
testimony of several witnesses re-read to us by the Court Reporter. We all we
grateful for the service and endurance of Mr. Michael B. who patiently read
several hours of testimony back to us. It really made a difference in our deliberations.
Judge F., I want you to know
how important we took our role. In light of events in the Mid-East where young
men and women are putting their lives on the line to defend our way of life, we
had a sobering sense of responsibility. We also had a difficult case to be part
of However all
of us felt a great sense of achievement once it was over.
We would hope that all of our fellow citizens could share in our feelings. Serving
as a juror- a first for all of us- is a wonderful way of celebrating our citizenship
and freedom. I look jbrward to my next time.
Chief Clerk-Queens Supreme Court
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.,
Re: Angela R.
Dear Mr. D.:
I am writing
this letter to advise you that Ms. R., the Court Clerk of the Honorable
Joseph D., is the most pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable clerk that I have
contact with on a regular basis in all the Boroughs, bar none!
of schedules is particularly problematic for many practitioners. Ms. R.
always acts in a flexible and reasonable manner in order to facilitate everyone's
needs---and she performs her tasks in an even-handed manner.
She is firm
yet respectful and I believe her virtues should be acknowledged.
a tribute to your Courthouse as well as to Judge D., to whom high praise is
due as well.
I would not be surprised if Ms. R. 's personnel file
already contains numerous acknowledgments of her character and demeanor. It would
be a pleasure to have my letter added, if at all possible.
TONY D., Chief Clerk
FROM: HON. DAVID G.
RE: STEVE G.
would like to bring to your attention a dangerous situation which was remedied
by our extremely valuable employee, Steve G., in spite of obstacles and
criticism as to his expert suggestions.
I was recently returned to my Chambers,
Room 562, after a six month temporary displacement due to the construction on
the 5th floor. Steve was extremely helpful in getting my Chambers back in order.
Due to my illness, I have difficulty using my hands and was physically
unable to turn the door knobs in Chambers. On several occasions, I was unable
to turn the knob on the Chambers bathroom door and was trapped inside. I had to
depend upon Chambers staff to turn the knob in order for me to get out. This was
not only inconvenient, but also life threatening, since I do not bring any oxygen
into the bathroom with me. If I were alone in Chambers, with no one to lend assistance,
the consequences could be extremely hazardous.
I had called Steve, who
at first tried to fix the door knob so it would be easier to turn it. Unfortunately,
that did not work. After I had been unable to get out again, I reported the incident
to Steve, and he realized that what was necessary for me was a handicap handle
on the bathroom door. Through his efforts, the handicap door knob was purchased
by the Court and, recognizing budgetcontraints, he expeditiously installed it
himself, making sure that it was in proper working order so that I would not be
in this dangerous situation again.
I want to express my deep appreciation
and thanks to Steve, and apprise you of the fact, which you must already know,
that we have an extremely competent, considerate, compassionate and valuable employee
here in Supreme Court, Queens County, who deserves recognition.
cc: Hon. Steven W.
The Hon. Steven W. F.
Eleventh Judicial District
Supreme Court of the State of New York
88-11 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11435
v. John Taylor
Ind. Nos. 1845/2000 &1012/2001
Dear Judge F.:
I post this letter to commend the fine work that was exhibited by the entire
court staff throughout the recently completed trial before your Honor of the abovelisted
Based upon my years of experience working within the court
administration, I am particularly sensitive to the difficulties faced by the court
staff during a lengthy, passionately contested, high-profile trial. These difficulties
were obviously compounded by the potential consequences presented by the added
dimension of capital punishment. The selection of jurors was not only more protracted
and complicated but required genuine concern and sensitivity on the part of the
staff to all parties. The orderly presentment of witnesses and exhibits required
procedures insuring the preservation of all parties 'claims in perpetuity and
are thus far more complicated than under ordinary circumstances. Of course, all
of these demands must be managed by the staff against the backdrop of the public
's keenly focused scrutiny, as well as the painful attention of the many family
members so sadly impacted by the subject crimes.
It was my observation
that the members of your Honor's staff followed your lead and at all times provided
the litigants, witnesses, jurors and spectators with the most dignified atmosphere
in which to conduct a capital trial. Particularly noteworthy was the performance
of T. S., the court clerk, who managed all aspects of the proceeding
with true decorum, as well as by John M. who so capably assisted at critical
junctures of the proceedings. The court officers, Terry R., Vincent D.,
Debra R., T. G., Melvin O. and Harold B. performed with sensitivity
and model professionalism. Particularly praiseworthy are Sergeant T. M.,
who supervised and secured the very tense courtroom and Supreme Court Officer
Sharon M., who served as "Bridge Officer" for the entire trial and flawlessly
managed the more than 150 exhibits of physical evidence, as well as seeing to
the needs of not just all witnesses and jurors, but to the legions of prospective
jurors called to service.
Finally, I am impressed that the proceedings
placed significant pressures on the court reporters assigned to the trial. Rochelle
W., Michelle L., Lorraine M. and Michelle S. conducted
themselves with consummate professionalism, while flawlessly handling their duties.
On behalf of Assistant District Attorney Daniel S. and myself, I
wish to impart that it was our profound privilege and pleasure to have had the
opportunity to have worked with each of these individuals.
Very truly yours,
Supreme Court Trial Bureau I
Dear Ms. S.:
The jurors who served on
the three week trial of Peo. v. Sheina R.. Ind. No. 134500 in Part K-5 were
thanked by the court at the conclusion of their service on October26. They
each expressed high praise and gratitude for the professionalism of the court
operation and personal. expecially the Court Reporter.
The jurors actually
applauded, hugged and expressed love and appreciation for Debra R.. the Court
Reporter who was present with me in the jury room. Mrs. R. performed her duties
exceptional well during this trial conducted by ADA kevin F. and Judah M..
Esq. Despite work conditions which were cold (due to broken court window) and
hot (humid weather). she performed professionally throughout the trial and furnished
read back of testimony for half a day.
The jurors were appreciative and
complementary ad to the work and professionalism of my excellent court clerk.
Caroline E., as well as of Sgt. T. Z., SCO Frank L., SCO Ivan
M. and SCO Joseph R..
The jurors stated that they enjoyed their
jury experience and appreciated the care shown for their needs by SCO's Brian
B.. Sharon M. Muriel R. and Particulary, Robert W.
Court concurs with the jurors as to the excellent and professional service done
by each of the named individuals. I also commend them for their diligent work
during the trial and on the many matters that arose during this term, in which
I served as emergency judge.
Please be so kind as to place a copy of this
in their personnel files.
Danial L. JSC
Hon. Robert J. N.
Surrogate's Court, Queens
88-11 Sutphin Boulevard.
Jamica, New York 11435
of Michael N.
Dear Surrogate N.:
This office assisted its employee,
Merrilly N., in preparing the documentation necessary for her to obtain authority
to act on behalf of her son's estate. You will recall that he was the service
member killed in the Pentagon attack. You and your staff immediately reviewed
the submission and awarded temporary Letters of Administration to his mother so
that she could retrieve decedent's property from the United State Navy.
was with some professional pride that I disclosed to Ms. N. while she was away
in Washington DC at her son's memorial services that our professional had responded
sensitively and promptly to a national tragedy.
Thank you very much.
& L LLP
Quality Service Division
Office of Court Administration
Alfred E. Smith Building
PO Box 7040
Albany, NY 12214-0256
Re: Linda B.
writing this letter to acknowledge and praise a Queens Surrogate's Court employee,
Linda B. Ms. B. works in the Miscellaneous Department of said court.
I believe that you should be made aware of the outstanding job she does in the
performance of her duties.
During the last year I have had four very complicated
estate matters that I had to bring before Ms. B.. Three of the estates went
back more that 30 years. Ms. B. was an invaluable source of help and information.
She was more than kind. Although Ms. B. appears to be a "one-man band"
in her department, she always made the time to speak to me, to advise me and point
me in the right direction. If I mailed her documents, she would promptly get back
to me, either be phone or mail, to advise me on making corrections and tell me
what steps I should take next.
It is patently obvious that Ms. B. is
an expert in her field. She aids and assists people by sharing her knowledge in
a courteous and professional manner.
I know that it is easy to find fault
with a court employee who is overloaded with work and short on patience. This
is exactly why it is my pleasure to write to you about an employee that may bave
a great deal of work to do, but she always finds the patience to assist people
with questions. I wish that all of the court employees could follow Ms. B.'s
Very truly yours,
Queens County Supreme Court
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamica, NY 11435
Dear Justice F. and Moot Court:
letter is to thank you for the court sponsored program which allowed for the tour
of the Queens County Supreme Courthouse by our class of sixth grade students from
P.S. 11 on May 25. The Moot Court and tour was arranged by Law Clerk Peter
Lane and hosted by Justice P. Participating in the program that day was
Justice Martin R. Supreme Court Officer Noreen M., Court Reporters
Howard G. and Reid G., County Clerk employees Roselynn L., Laura
T. and Richard M. from the juror division, as well as Correction Officer
Dina W. The above persons conducted an impressive and informative tour of
the courthouse and its facilities.
The collaboration between the courts
with our school has helped our students understand the legal system and appreciated
the role of the courts in the community. The students also learned that there
is a clear connection between school performance and opportunities in the work
place, and perhaps some of them have been given the seeds of motivation that will
lead them towards careers in law.
The Queens Supreme Court's involvement
and investment in our education system goes beyond "symbolic efforts"
and will definitely improve educational effectiveness and standards.
P.S. 11 students, parents, and administration thank you and the above-mentioned
participants for making our trip to the court a success.
Mr. Bill F.
York State Supreme Court
Riverhead, New York 11901
I recently presided over the high profile trial in Suffolk
County of People v. Edward M. and Patrick M. which lasted for approximately
Roe S. was assigned as the reporter for the duration of the
trial. The case involved seven attorneys. thousands of exhibits and heated arguments
were not unusual.
Ms. S. always arrived early and inobtrusively maintained
a fine record. All readbacks were immediately and accurately done.
was truly an asset to me in this arducos and often volatile trial. I highly commend
her for her hard work and exceptional skills. She is truly an asset to the court
Mr. Felix F.
Deputy Chief Clerk Queens County
Kew Gardens, New York 11415
though we did speak earlier today, I still felt the need to reduce my comments
to you in writing.
Far to many times I see attorneys and judges alike take
for granted the service the court staff performs on a daily basis. We are all
very quick to call with our complaints and demands, but forget to take the time
to say thank you when it is warranted. In my case it is warranted, and well past
As I told you, approximately two weeks ago I had a situation in W50
where my client stated that he never received his probation papers while in court,
and thus did not go for his interview. Being young, he did not understand the
seriousness of his situation, and surely would have found himself incarcerated
by the times his case was on for sentencing due to his failure to report. At the
time, I was on trial with Judge M. and did not have the time necessary to rectify
this matter immediatedly. While on my way to court, on the elevator, I ran into
Margaret G. and told her of my client's predicament, and would it be possible
to stop by the following day to get copies of the papers. The next thing I knew,
while in Judge M.'s courtroom, Margaret appeared with copies of the papers
in hand so that I could immediatedly forward them to my client. To me, this went
above and beyond the normal responsibilities her job entails.
cannot begin to tell you how often both Margaret and Marco have taken into consideration
my schedule, and the demands placed upon me as attorney, and bent over backwards
to aid me in doing my job. They have always treated me with the utmost respect
and courtesy and I felt it was time for me to take a moment and express my gratitude
to you, as their supervisor, for the exemplary job you all perform on a daily
Again, let me once again express my gratitude to you and your staff.
Your Honor, On behalf of the K-20
Jurors, we would like to thank you the clerks, the officers, the attorneys and
everyone involved with this case for making our experience and stay as pleasant
Honorable Steven W. F., JSC
The Supreme Court, and
Administrative Judge, County of Queens
Jamaica, NY 11435
Dear Justice F.,
Please accept this
comment from an old practitioner, to say that your room 25 mortgage foreclosure
procedure is, in my opinion, far superior to that of Nassau, Suffolk, et al. where
they still conduct the sales on the front steps of the Courthouse, Post Office,
Town Hall, etc.
More importantly, that fellow you have running the sales,
Jeff C., is excellent: efficient, competent, businesslike, yet with a sense
of humor, when propitious.
It is a pleasure to practice in your court.
Queens Supreme Court
Attn: Anthony D., Chief
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435
Re: My highest regard
and gratitude for the professionalism of the Guardianship Part clerk's office
Dear Mr. D.:
I wish to express my sincere gratitude
for each of the clerks within the Guardianship Part. Their constant willingness
to patiently explain, help and expeditiously process the necessary paperwork is
deeply appreciated, and this came to fore during a recent complicated matter.
can sincerely state that the assistance fo the clerk's office made a substantial
difference, especially the assistance of Tamara K.. I am grateful to her,
as well as the entire office. Their professionalism is a grate reflection upon
Queens county, the court, and you.
I thank you and hope that this letter
will provide a sense accomplishment, if not pride.
Supreme Court County of Queens
State of New
88-I 1 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica. NY 11435
This is in reference to my jury duty as a Grand Jury
foreman Supreme Court county of Queens, State of New York from June 19 to
First I would like to state that this was my first experience
to be on a jury. I have come from Pakistan. Juries are not a part of Pakistan's
judicial system. Therefore. I was wondering how I would discharge my duty as juror.
I was fearful of the magnitude and general atmosphere during the selection process.
The fear and the anxiety were due to my ethnic background, and of my first time
The first day I reported for duty. I was very happy to find
out that there was nothing to fear. I must say that the United States is the best
country in the world that treats everyone equally regardless of their color, race
and national origin. What I heard and read, the equal treatment and opportunity
for all is true.
The way the jury system works is commendable. This
is not only my feeling. but the feeling of our group. Before selection, everyone
of us was under pressure as to how we would discharge our civic duty. After it
was all over. all of us found out what a great job being on a jury was, and that
there was nothing to fear.
There exists one general thinking and belief
in the mind of people at large that they like to avoid jury duty. People also
very reluctantly accept this civic duty. This impression was given to me while
I was a prospective juror. PeopIe use to say that to be a juror is like
being in jail, a waste of time and that there is nothing good. After jury duty.
I realized that the previous information is absolutely false. It is a misconception
among the people whom I socialize wfth. I have learned valuable information and
have been more educated than before my service as a juror. I now encourage
my friends to senice on a jury and assure them that there is nothing to fear.
I would like to end this letter by stating that the following officers
were very friendly and have provided us the effective assistance and guidance
as to how we discharge our duty as jurors. Their ministerial function is highly
commendable. Each and every officer designated in this matter did an excellent
job. Each of them was very cooperative and efficient.
1. Mr. Anthony
2. Mr. Al B.
3. Mr. Nick M.
4. Mr. Bob P.
Once again I extend from the bottom of my heart my thanks to all those
who have provided us their excellent services and cooperation.
Supreme Court County of Queens
State of New York
Jamaica. NY 11435
Richard A. B. Esq.
Queens County, State of New York
125-01 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens. NY 11415
Hon. Steven W. F.
Supreme Court: Queens County
New York 11435
RE:: Mr. Al L.
Dear Justice F.:
There are times that lawyers complain about the system. This letter is not
one of them.
Not long ago I was faced with a serious problem of having
a notice of pendency expire. Under the rules once it expires it cannot be revived
retroactive to the date of the expiratlon. I had taken precaution to request
the IAS judge assigned to extend the lien against real property at least a month
prior to expiration. Unfortunately, after the application (unopposed) was sent
to the Court for signature. the assigned Justice was on vacation followed by the
observance of the Jewish Holidays. What followed was a series of miscommunications
which left me with precious little time to obtain that extension.
I event to Special Term with a new Order to Show Cause Mr. L. overheard
the emergency being explained to one of the clerks. At that point he took over.
During the next two hours he obtained the signature of the another Justice to
grant my ex-parte application. He then assigned one of the clerk's in his office
to walk me through the county clerk's office making sure that all appropriate
sections recorded the document.
What he accomplished was to have recorded
the extension of the notice of pendency just before its deadline. My client later
was able to recover a substantial sum of money from her ex-husband for
child support arrears. If it were not for the courtesy and professionalism of
Mr. L. my client would have not received the necessary support. It was only
afterwards that I learned of his name.
I am sure that there are others
like Mr. L. but I wanted you to be aware of his work ethic to go that extra
yard to service the public.
Wishing you and yours the best of the Holiday
Season and Healthy and Happy New Year.