JUDICIAL DELEGATE ENDORSEMENTS- VOTE JUNE 25th!
ADC 50 has endorsed our members from Neighbors for Judicial Transparency. These are county committee members who are running to be Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Kings County Democratic Judicial Convention. Please meet our endorsed candidates!
JUDICIAL DELEGATE CANDIDATES
Shawn A. Tervenski
Shawn Tervenski was born and raised in New York State. He graduated from Boston University and has worked as a broadcast video technician for nearly 25 years. He is Shop Steward for his labor union, IBEW Local 1212, and was elected to Kings County Committee in 2016. His home has been NYC since 1995.
Victoria Cambranes is a Digital Marketing and Communications Consultant, and 2021 candidate for City Council 33. A born and raised Greenpointer, she has been an active participant in local politics and community activism throughout the 50th AD. Whether fighting for environmental and housing justice, or pushing for transparency and reform to our local Community Board, Victoria strives to bring truly progressive change for all our residents.
My name is Waleska Layes but most people know me as Wally. I’m 59 years old and married to Dave Ocaña . I’m Puerto Rican born and raised in the south side known also Los Sures. I was fortunate enough to even go to school in the neighborhood too. I retired from a city job which I worked 23 years in the NYPD as a civilian 911 caller taker/dispatcher/ Spanish interpreter where I had the opportunity to meet and interact with wonderful individuals that made a wonderful impact. That led me to get involved with DC37 Local 1549 where I was a delegate and shop steward for 16 years. I was on the board for 2 terms too, which I loved. I made ways to get involved in other organizations such as a NYPD Hispanic organization where I also was a delegate for 2 terms. I’m currently involved with the CB1, 94 Pct counsel monthly meeting, North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats, New Kings Democrats, and I’m a mentor for teenagers at the Grand Street Campus HS. I run a tenant association, which I’m the chair person. I’m an elected official of the office of county community at District 50. I love to travel, shop, watch movies, go camping, listen to music (specially salsa), try different kind of foods, and hang out on the beach. I love animals (especially dogs) which I have 3 and also have a parrot. I’m a grandma of 2 beautiful grandkids. Once in while, I like to babysit kids too.
Eric was born and raised in NYC, and presently is serving his fourth term on Kings County Committee. He is a North Brooklyn community activist, and he serves as the Director of Organizing at North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats. Eric is running because he believes we deserve judges who answer to the community, not the Brooklyn Democratic party machine.
Matthew Lief is a New York native born in Uptown Manhattan and residing in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Matthew has been heavily invested in local and city politics for much of his adult life. His notable accomplishments include helping to organize for and elect Alexandria Ocasio to Congress, Julia Salazar to State Senate. Matthew has also served as an alternate Judicial delegate and Kings County Committee Member. Matthew is a small business owner, operating a stall at Bergn Beer Hall in Crown Heights and delivering food to offices city wide out of his companies commercial kitchen in East Williamsburg. Besides local politics Matthew is an avid gardener who loves to grow houseplants, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Dominic is an environmental activist, working at the Environmental Defense Fund to reduce climate change causing greenhouse gas pollution from the oil and gas industry. He is passionate about improving the lives of his local Brooklyn community through improved access to public transit, affordable housing, and ensuring the community has fair representation in our democratic process. As a Judicial Delegate, Dominic will vote to elect judges representing the progressive values of Brooklyn.
Daeha Ko is neighborhood activist in Greenpoint and resident since 2012. A graduate of the University of Washington majoring in history, he currently serves as the Legislative Director of Wolf PAC NY advocating for anti-corruption legislation in Albany on a regular basis. He is a member of Kings County Committee, Public Affairs and Legislation Subcommittee member of the 50th Assembly District Committee and active member of the North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats. Notable campaigns worked on include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress and Juila Salazar to State Senate. Daeha has served previously as an Alternate Judicial Delegate.
An IT specialist and web developer, Daeha sits on the steering committee of Progressive Hacknight, an NYC civic tech organization that incubates technologies co-created with grassroots progressive advocates, coalitions, and organizations.
Michael Gluck is a native New Yorker who has called North Brooklyn home for the last ten years. He works as a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society, where he’s been representing low-income New Yorkers in the courtroom since 2015. Prior to graduating Cardozo Law School, Mike worked for a democratic congressman representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens. He worked on community issues large and small, and handled constituent services involving housing, poverty, veterans and military affairs. Mike has served on Brooklyn’s Democratic County Committee since 2012. He is a member of New Kings Democrats and North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats. Mike believes that Brooklyn deserves a more progressive, transparent judiciary comprised of judges whose values and decision making reflect those of the community, not the political machine.
William E. Frank
Will Frank is a Greenpoint resident and Event Production Executive, currently serving on the Democratic NY 50th Assembly District Committee and the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and grew up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
ALTERNATE DELEGATE CANDIDATES
Michele Gottlieb Kaufman
A native New Yorker, Michele graduated from Pitzer College in Southern California, where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Gender and Feminist Studies. She’s the Director of Events at Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm and has been a Brooklyn resident since 2013. Michele is a Kings County Committee member, Secretary of the 50th Assembly District Committee, and an active member of New Kings Democrats. She gets excited talking about curbside composting, and if you have a dog, she’s probably stopped you on Graham Ave. to pet it!
James Maleady, the principal of the Law Offices of James Maleady, P.C., is actively involved with Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and provides pro bono representation to individuals in need. He is a board member for North Brooklyn Development Corporation, a neighborhood non-profit building affordable housing and providing tenant anti-eviction services. He has resided in Greenpoint for the last twenty years with his wife Ania and his dog Marquis.
Jessica Baker Vodoor
Jessica Baker Vodoor is the Vice President, Operations at the New 42nd Street, caring for historic theaters in Times Square. She has lived in NYC since 1998 and has called Brooklyn home since 2006. She is a member of the Kings County Committee, serves as the Chief of Operations for New Kings Democrats and is the Treasurer for the 50th Assembly District Committee. As a community activist, she is passionate about improving the Democratic party, and has organized with #RepYourBlock and The Vision Project. Jessica is married and has a cat named Foxy.
Born and raised in Queens, Joanna has been a resident of Williamsburg since 2006. She’s an active member of IATSE Local 52 Motion Picture Studio Mechanics and serves as co-chair for the union hall’s Young Workers Committee, which organizes neighborhood clean-ups and monthly fruit and vegetable distribution through City Harvest. Elected to the Kings County Democratic Committee in 2018, Joanna is excited to get more community members involved in the political process.
Emily Gallagher is a neighborhood advocate in Greenpoint and Williamsburg since 2006, and a lifelong resident of New York State. She was raised in Rochester New York and attended Ithaca College. She is currently a candidate for a Masters of Public Policy at Baruch College. She serves on Community Board 1 and is a member of the Women’s Issues Committee and the Transportation Committee. Emily previously served as the co-chair of NAG (now known as North Brooklyn Neighbors) from 2009-2014 and was a board member there from 2007-2016. As a response to a string of violence against women and homophobic attacks in Greenpoint in 2016, Emily founded the Greenpoint Sexual Assault Task Force, which advocates for better treatment of gender based violence survivors in the hands of the NYPD and judicial system. She also has a weekly column in the Greenpoint Star Ledger since 2015. She is employed at a youth-centered non-profit where she is the National Assistant Director of Community Affairs.
John T Laadt
John is a current candidate for a Master of Public Administration, specializing in Management and Leadership, at NYU Wagner’s School of Public Service. He is a Kings County Committee Member and involved with North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats and New Kings Democrats. When he’s not involved in politics you can usually find him biking along the Brooklyn Waterfront.
My name is Andano David Ocaña, but my friends call me Dave. I was born in Manhattan and raise in the Bronx. I moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn where I now reside with the love of my life in 2007. I have 2 children and I’m also a proud grandfather of 2 beautiful grandchildren. I retired from the NYPD in 2006 after serving 20 years in the city I love the most ( NYC) as a transit police officer, and finished my career with the NYPD. I’m also a retired veteran of 23 years with the US Army as a Sergeant First Class. I was also involved in a youth organization called (UDC) Uptown Development Coalition in the Bronx. It was an NCAA Sanctioned league/organization. Our motto was Building Character through Sports. We ran a Basketball league with of up to 75 – 80 teams. Now that I’m retired in my present time, I’m involved in numerous community organizations such as Community Board 1, 94 Pct Community Council, North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats and New Kings Democrats. I’m also an Elected Official with the Office of County Committee in the 50th district of Brooklyn. I’m a mentor at the Grand Street Campus H.S. where we talk to young students and help prepare them for the next very important steps in their lives.
Nick Rizzo has been a Greenpoint resident since 2008 and has a bachelors degree in philosophy and politics from NYU. A founding member of New Kings Democrats in 2008, he founded North Brooklyn Progressive Democrats in 2017. In 2014 he was elected male Democratic district leader (state committeeman) for the 50th assembly district, a title he continues to hold. His professional experience is varied–journalism, ad sales, strategic communications–but primarily concentrated in the service industry and political campaigns.
Matthew Paul Waskiewicz
Steven is a supervising attorney in the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders. He has been practicing law since 2014 and has lived in Greenpoint since 2007. He is a member of the Java Street Community Garden.
ADC 50 has a Vision for Judicial Transparency in the Democratic Primary on June 25, 2019
The selection of New York Supreme Court judges is traditionally handled by political appointees. We don’t like the fact that this process normally happens without voters knowing about it. We believe we all deserve to VOTE for who’s picking the Supreme Court judges. Supreme Court judges in New York can dramatically affect all of our lives.
Normally, no one runs against the political appointees and their names for Judicial Delegates don’t often appear on the ballot. You might not even know Supreme Court judges are being selected!
That’s exactly how it always works, and we think this should change and be more transparent to voters.
These endorsed candidates are regular Brooklyn people who want to open up this closed system. They want all voters to know more about how our Supreme Court Judges are appointed, and they want the voice of our neighbors to be included in this process.
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ADC5o ENDORSED JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
Margarita Lopez Torres- Surrogate Court Judge. For more information about Judge Lopez Torres, click here
Derefim Neckles – NYC Civil Court Judge. For more information about Ms. Neckles, click here.