Alice Nicholson is running for Civil Court Judge for the sixth municipal district, which includes Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, East Flatbush, Midwood, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Heights and Park Slope.
“I’m running because I am interested in the community and I feel that I am open, fair and I listen well,” Nicholson said. Most recently she has been working to keep families in their homes in Bankruptcy and Supreme Court. “That’s a big concern for me. I’m working on foreclosures but I don’t call it that. I call it home retention. I feel that who you have as a judge makes a difference.”
The Jewish Press asked if she feels she has the ability to be fair and impartial to landlords and debtors in her decision-making as well. Nicholson pointed out that “It doesn’t have to be that somebody wins or somebody loses. It’s often about balance. This goes for landlords also. I think I am well experienced and wouldn’t do anything but the right thing.”
Nicholson takes pride recalling saving a retired NYPD Detective who was diagnosed with PTSD after 9-11-related events from losing his home to foreclosure. “It’s not your typical story,” shared attorney Samuel Spirgel, a friend and colleague. “But it is your typical New York story. It is a testament to Alice, because for her there’s right and [there’s wrong].” He noted that in this era of tension between Blacks and law enforcement, it shows her level of fairness to represent a police officer.
What sets Nicholson apart from her three opponents? “Experience,” she answered. “I have been serving the community for 30 years- so I’m not 30! It means I’ve developed and brought a lot of wisdom. And I’ve worked alongside brilliant judges.”