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Reinaldo E. Rivera
Candidate for the
2nd Judicial District:
(Kings & Richmond Counties)


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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • I was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on June 15, 1951. My professional life is dedicated to public service. I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Guard. I am the proud recipient of: Distinguished Judiciary Award-Catholic Lawyers Guild; St. John's University Alumni Achievement Medal; Puerto Rican Bar Association Emilio Nunez Award for Judicial Excellence; Brooklyn Bar Association Award-Outstanding Achievement in the Science of Jurisprudence/Public Service; Citation-President of the Borough of Brooklyn. In the November 8, 2005, election, I respectfully seek your support in continuing to serve the People of New York.
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Democrat
  • Republican
  • St. Peter's College, Jersey City, New Jersey, B.S., 1973
  • St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, N.Y., J.D., 1976
  • Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, LL.M., 1977
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1978
  • Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department
Professional Experience
  • 2002 to present - First Hispanic Judge ever appointed to the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department by Governor George E. Pataki, in its one-hundred-six year history (1896-2002).
  • 1991 - Elected Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Second Hispanic ever elected Justice of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department.
  • 1992 to 2002 - Presided over Criminal, Civil, Matrimonial and Mental Hygiene matters while on the trial bench in the Supreme Court, Kings County.
  • 1978 to 1991 - Private law practice, Brooklyn, New York, involving: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Matrimonial and Family Law, Administrative Law, Real Estate and Surrogate Court matters.
  • 1993 to present - St. John’s University School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Faculty advisor to Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), Lecturer- Continuing Legal Education Programs.


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