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Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

BY ANDY HUMM | Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished jurist and champion of the rights of tenants, immigrants, and LGBT people, was re-nominated by acclamation for a 14-year term to the New York State Supreme Court by delegates to Manhattan’s County Democratic Judicial Convention on September 22. Ling-Cohan’s nomination came as a welcome vindication after […]

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In its closing statement in the trial of a man charged in a brutal gang assault in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye, the defense argued that no witness had identified Mayer Herskovic as the assailant and that the DNA evidence implicating him was based on bad […]

El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years post-release supervision for assaulting two men in the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea in 2015. “The jury rejected your claim of self-defense,” said Arlene Goldberg, the judge who heard the case in Manhattan Supreme Court, on September 15. “That you did […]

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three of the four out LGBT members of the State Assembly faced challengers in this week’s Democratic primary, but all prevailed easily, two of them by massive landslides. In the West Village’s Assembly District 66, veteran lawmaker Deborah Glick beat back a bid by longtime gay, anti-war, and environmental activist Jim […]

Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

BY ANDY HUMM | Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished 20-year veteran of the State Supreme Court bench and a hero to the LGBT community for her historic 2005 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, was put through the ringer in recent weeks by a deeply flawed process of the New York County Democratic Party for nominating […]

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The State Senate campaign of Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, well-known for his longstanding anti-LGBT views, is drawing fire from the incumbent he is challenging in next week’s primary for “flagrant campaign finance violations” in using funds raised for the general election campaign in his primary campaign. In a September 7 […]

Manhattan Dems Punt on Ling-Cohan Snub

Manhattan Dems Punt on Ling-Cohan Snub

BY ANDY HUMM | In response to an explosive controversy over a Manhattan Democratic Party judicial screening panel’s decision not to recommend the re-nomination of New York County Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, the party’s executive committee held a hastily called emergency session on September 7 to explore whether there is now any legal way to […]

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York County Democratic Party and its vaunted independent screening panel for approving judges for the ballot has come under scorching and widespread outrage for the panel’s refusal to recommend that Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a 20-year veteran of the bench without a blemish on her record, be approved for nomination for […]

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Asked to describe the significance of her nearly 26-year tenure in the State Assembly, out lesbian Democrat Deborah Glick talks about the legacy issues that would define a legislator’s career. “I am clearly one of the foremost spokespeople for women’s reproductive rights,” she said in an interview this week. The chair […]

LGBT Issues Animate Queens Senate Primary

LGBT Issues Animate Queens Senate Primary

BY ANDY HUMM | One of the most hotly contested Democratic primaries on September 13 is in central Queens’ 16th State Senate district, pitting pro-LGBT 17-year incumbent Toby Ann Stavisky against a return challenger, immigrant advocate S.J. Jung, who the Daily News revealed this week told a Korean-language audience that he would “fight to bar pictures […]

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