For Judicial Delegate

On September 9th, voters in the 76th Assembly District will elect eleven local Democrats to represent them at the party's annual judicial convention.  In the order that they will be listed on the ballot, here are brief bios about the Four Freedoms Democratic Club's slate of candidates:

  • Gabriel Panek, a lifelong resident of Yorkville, is a founding member of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and serves as the club’s secretary. He works as a union organizer for medical residents, though he previously worked in politics as State Senator Gustavo Rivera’s deputy field director, and will be attending NYU Law School starting this fall.

  • Kim Moscaritolo currently serves as the Chair of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club. She is a former President of the Manhattan Young Democrats, and also serves on the board of Greater NYC for Change. She has lived in Yorkville for 5 years, and is committed to helping build a vibrant, progressive community here in the 76th Assembly district.

  • Susan Hochberg has been living on the UES and working as a Trial Lawyer for a NYC municipal agency for 22 years.  Her civic activities include serving as: the current Corresponding Secretary for the Civil Service Bar Association; a volunteer Small Claims arbitrator; and co-chair of NYDLC’s Law School Outreach committee.  She is a founding member of the FFDC and a former VP and Secretary of the LHDC.

  • Jonathan Piel is a member of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and its Constitution drafting committee. He is a non-voting member of the East Side and Lenox Hill Democratic Clubs, as well as a former public member of Community Board 8 (he produced its monthly cablecast, CB8 Speaks). The retired Editor and President of Scientific American, he is acting and former President, Henderson Place Historic District Association and serves on the Board of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center. He is also running for State Committee.

  • Madelaine Piel is a member of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and its Constitution drafting committee. She has in the past been a Judicial Delegate to New York County’s Democratic Judicial Convention. She is also a member of the County Committee and a non-voting member of the East Side, Lenox Hill, and Lexington Democratic Clubs. She is a former member of Community Board 8 and moderated its monthly cablecast, CB8 Speaks. She is a member of the Women’s City Club of New York.

  • Posie Di Sesa, a corporate communications/public relations consultant, is currently a reading tutor for sixth graders in the South Bronx. She has been active in Democratic politics for four years, volunteering for local, state and federal candidates and issues. Posie has phone banked, canvassed, arranged fundraisers and house parties, petitioned, campaigned, and worked visibilities.

  • Jean Fischman is a lifelong resident of the Upper East Side. She is a proud product of the City’s public schools, graduating from Hunter College and currently entering her third year at the City University of New York School of Law. Jean serves as Democratic District Leader, an elected volunteer position representing Roosevelt Island, Yorkville, and part of the Upper East Side.

  • Lance Polivy is an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he practices in the Litigation Department.  At the NYU School of Law, Lance served as the co-chair of the Law School Democrats and as the President of the Student Bar Association.  In the 2013 cycle, Lance helped to coordinate voter protection efforts for the Kallos campaign.

  • Monica Atiya is a Partner at ScholarChip, an industry leader in smart card technology. Monica also heads Upper East Side for Change and is Grassroots Coordinator for current and former NYS Organizing for America members. Under her leadership, volunteer efforts were harnessed into action that had a direct and tangible effect on President Obama’s re-election. Monica has lived on the UES since 1999 with her husband and their two children, now adult.

  • Gerald Ferguson is a partner in the New York office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. He serves as National Co-Leader of the BakerHostetler Privacy and Data Protection Team and Coordinator of the New York Office Intellectual Property Group. He also is active in the New York State Bar Association where he currently serves as Chair-Elect for the NYSBA International Section. He actively supports progressive Democratic Party candidates in New York and nationally.

  • Romano Reid is a 22 year Roosevelt Island resident. In 2008 he was elected to the Roosevelt Island Common Council by Island residents, and is currently serving his third term. In 2012, he was appointed chairperson of his building’s tenants committee. He currently serves on the New York Democratic County Committee. He is currently a student at Long Island University and an Independent contractor for two law firms in NYC.