Senate Confirms Nominees To Court Of Claims And Several Supreme Court Districts

 

The State Senate Majority has confirmed eight Executive nominees to the Court of Claims and the Supreme Court’s Second, Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Districts.

 

Glen T. Bruening (Guilderland)

Judge of the Court of Claims

Glen Bruening brings remarkable legal credentials to the Court of Claims. Bruening has had the opportunity to work for the Governor of New York on three separate occasions, as Assistant Counsel from December of 1997 to December of 2000, as Deputy Secretary from March of 2005 to January of 2007, and again as Assistant Counsel from June of 2009 to the present. Bruening has had a special focus on conservation and the environment in his legal career. Bruening received his BA in Biology and History in 1986 from SUNY Albany, then received his JD from Albany Law School in 1989. He began working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a Senior Attorney and New York City Watershed Coordinator, later becoming Deputy Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs until December of 1997. After his first stint with the Governor’s office, Bruening returned to the Department of Environmental Conservation to work as First Deputy Commissioner from December of 2000 to August of 2001.  Bruening then went on to serve as Assistant Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School from August of 2001 to May of 2002.  Bruening was then called to serve as General Counsel for the NYS Department of State from May of 2002 to March of 2005. After his second stop in the Governor’s office, Bruening took the job of General Counsel for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, from February of 2007 to June of 2009.

 

Honorable William C. Donnino (Syosset) 

Justice of the Supreme Court of the Second Judicial District

The Honorable William C. Donnio has served as a Judge on the State Court of Claims since 1989, and is designated to sit as the Judge of the Supreme Court in the Criminal Term. In 2008 he was given the Criminal Defense Bar Association of Nassau County’s Normal Lent Award.  Mr.  Donnio’s career in law extends back to 1966 and his experience includes several published opinions and professional writings involving criminal law.  He received his B.A. from Queens College of the City University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York. 

 

Leonard Livote (Douglaston)

Judge of the Court of Claims

Mr. Leonard Livote has over 20 years of service to the New York State Court System, and has served as the Appointed New York State Supreme Court Referee since 2007. Prior to that, he served as a legal counselor and advisor to the Administrative Judge of the 11th  Judicial District Supreme Court in Queens County.  From 1990 to 2004, he served as the principal Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Justices in both criminal and civil terms. Mr. Livote is also presently a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He received his B.A. from Queens College of the City University of new York and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law in Massachusetts.

 

Daniel McCullough (Brooklyn)

Judge of the Court of Claims

Mr. Daniel McCullough began his career as a corrections officer for the State Department of Corrections, and a parole officer in the State Division of Parole, from 1978 to 1996.  After graduating from St. John’s University School of Law, he became an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Parole, the position he currently holds.  An accomplished attorney and experienced judge with a strong background in criminal and civil litigation, Mr. McCullough also serves as the Program Director for the New York City Mission Society, and is a member of the New York Civil Court Volunteer Lawyers.  He is also a noted community lecturer, specifically on the topic of “How to Live On and Successfully Complete Parole.”

 

Honorable Robert L. Nahman (Baywater)

Justice of the Supreme Court of the Eleventh Judicial District

The Honorable Robert L. Nahman has served as a Judge for the Queens County Surrogate Court since 1992. Before entering his current role, he served as a Queens County Supreme Court Justice, as well as serving for five years as a Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York in Queens County.  He is a member of the State Administrative Board for the Offices of the Public Administrators and a member of the O.C.A. Surrogate’s Courts Advisory Committee. He received his B.A. and J.D. from St. John’s University in New York.

 

Honorable Barbara F. Newman (New York City)

Justice of the Supreme Court of the Tenth Judicial District

A former English teacher in the New York City Education System, the Honorable Barbara Newman brings a wealth of legal experience to the Tenth Judicial District Supreme Court.  Ms. Newman received her B.A. in English from Queens College and her Masters in English from City University of New York.  After teaching English for six years, Ms. Newman received her J.D. from New York Law School and followed that up with her LL.M. from New York University School of Law.  Ms. Newman worked in the Kings County District Attorney from 1971-1988, trying over 100 cases as an Assistant District Attorney and ultimately serving as Sex Crimes and Special Victims Bureau Chief.  Appointed by Mayor Ed Koch in 1988 as a New York County Criminal Court Judge, Newman served until 1997 when she was appointed to the Twelfth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court, where she presently serves.

 

Honorable Norman I. Siegel (New Hartford)

Justice of the Supreme Court of the Fourth Judicial District

The Honorable Norman I. Siegel has served as a Judge in the State Court of Claims since June of 2000. In 1992 he was appointed to the Character and Fitness Committee for the Fifth District by the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Fourth Department. Mr. Siegel has over 33 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney with cases in City, Supreme and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and has been a guest lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the Oneida County bar Association and Utica College. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from Albany Law School in New York.

 

David A. Weinstein (Glenmont)

Judge of the Court of Claims

David Weinstein received his BA in History with honors from Wesleyan University in 1990.  After graduating from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1994, he received clerkships for the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit and Federal District Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr. in the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Weinstein moved on to the New York State Attorney General’s Office, working as Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau and as Special Counsel for Affirmative Litigation.  Mr. Weinstein then relocated to the Office of Governor’s Counsel in 2007, serving as Assistant Counsel for Labor and Employment until 2009, when he moved to his present position as First Assistant Counsel.  A former adjunct professor of legal writing at New York Law School, Mr. Weinstein worked as Notes Editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal and has been published in a number of law journals.