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Historic First: Chassidic Woman Elected to be NY Civil Court Judge

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The Hon. Judge Rachel “Ruchie” Freier made history this week as the first Chassidic woman ever to be elected to take the bench in New York Civil Court. The founder of Brooklyn’s Ezras Nashim all-female ambulance service, Chasdei Devorah and the B’Derech program for at-risk teens turned in a stunning electoral victory in Brooklyn’s Borough Park and Flatbush neighborhoods.

Judge Freier-elect is replacing Judge Noach Dear in the 5th Judicial District Civil Court, State of New York. Dear was recently promoted to State Supreme Court, the main trial court of New York.

As an attorney, she is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, with more than 30 years’ experience in the field of law. Freier specializes in commercial and residential real estate law, and until her election as a judge maintained offices in Brooklyn and Monroe, NY. She also shares space with her husband and children in a family-run real estate business.

Freier has served as a community board member in Borough Park in addition to founding numerous nonprofit organizations, and after also becoming a licensed EMT in 2012; she eventually earned a New York State license as a paramedic as well. As a lawyer, she has served as a volunteer attorney at the NYC Family Court and is a member of various Bar organizations.

The new judge ran a widely popular campaign, appealing to people across the spectrum with her history of working hard “from the ground floor up” to reach her goals, and persevering without cease until she has achieved the objectives she has set for herself.

A wife and mother of six, Freier attended Touro College to earn her B.A. at age 30, after having given birth to her first three children. That took six years, during which she gave birth to another child, and twins. Working as a legal secretary, she then started law school, and began observing court cases “in vivo” during the summer months.

In a 2015 interview with The Jewish Press, Shreier cited the strong support of her husband and her mother as major factors in her success, and noted that her “family always came first.”

Brooklynites in the 5th District clearly were able to relate to those priorities, as well as to her strong desires to help others get what they need, even when it meant putting in time and hard work of her own to do it.

Hana Levi Julian

Endorsements

Friday, November 23rd, 2001

Next week we will be sharing with our readers a full list of our recommended candidates for the November 6 elections. In that connection, we interviewed Mayoral candidates Mark Green and Michael Bloomberg. Both came across as intelligent and committed and each offered a vision for New York City. Details of the Green/Bloomberg interviews and our conclusions next week.

Here are some of our endorsements:

Judiciary

For Supreme Court in Brooklyn we support Judge Howard Ruditzky. In his term as a judge on the Civil Court, Judge Ruditzky has earned a reputation for fairness and knowledge of the law. He comes highly recommended by community leaders.

Judge Martin Ritholtz is our choice for Supreme Court in Queens. As a Judge on the Civil Court, he has impressed us with his legal expertise and judicial demeanor. An accomplished student of the Talmud, he is a noted lecturer on the interplay between secular and religious law.

Eric Vitalliano is our choice for the Staten Island Civil Court. As a longtime New York State Assemblyman, he was always sensitive to the special needs of our community.

New York City Council

We endorse Michael C. Nelson for re-election in the 48th Council District (D-Flatbush, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach). Since his election a little over two years ago, Councilman Nelson has quickly emerged as a forceful advocate on behalf of our community. He has fought for increased funding for many of our vital organizations and has worked with all levels of the police department and community patrols. He has been in the forefront in the battle against bias crimes, graffiti and noise pollution.

Ulster County Treasurer

We support the re-election of Lew Kirschner as Ulster County Treasurer. During his tenure, he has introduced many innovations that have streamlined the operation of his office and has been responsible for impressive increases in returns on county investments. He has a long record of sensitivity for the needs of our community.

Ramapo Town Supervisor

For Ramapo Town Supervisor, we support Kathy Ellsworth, currently serving as Mayor of Montebello. She has the enthusiastic support of the leading Rabbis and others we customarily look to in the Rockland County Jewish community and has also managed to attract strong bi-partisan support for her candidacy.

Ramapo Town Councilman

Harry Reiss is our choice for Ramapo Town Councilman. We have endorsed him in the past and he has distinguished himself since his election as councilman in 1994. An Orthodox Jew, he has worked hard to foster governmental accommodation of the special Sabbath and holiday needs of our community. He has played an important part in Holocaust sensitivity efforts in the area.

Editorial Board

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