NY Supreme Court Inducts Queens Native
By NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
|Judge Lopresto, alongside his wife and two sons, is sworn in by the Hon. Jeremy Weinstein.
Photo by Ira Cohen
After serving nearly three-and-a-half years as Supervising Judge of the Queens Civil Court, Charles Lopresto was inducted as Justice of the Supreme Court in the State of New York on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Lopresto's 30-year-long journey began when he worked as an assistant to a court attorney. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving as principal law clerk to Justice Charles Cohen. Between 1982 and 2006, he moved on to serve other justices like Joseph Risi and Jeremy Weinstein. Later in 2006, he was appointed to be the Supervising Judge of the Civil Court in Queens.
Running on both the Democratic and Republican Party lines for Justice of the Supreme Court just a few years later, he easily nabbed the election as Justice of the Supreme Court and will serve a 14-year term.
"Being a judge is a wonderful thing to accomplish and it's been a lifelong dream and ambition of mine," Lopresto said. "It is an honor and a great privilege. There is no other position I would want to hold in life. When I first became a judge, I couldn't imagine my career path could get any better."
The Astoria native's impressive resume was praised by many speakers at his induction ceremony, including Presiding Justice Randal Eng.
"When one looks at his background and his resume, you knew that this was a person that was destined for great things because Charles Lopresto studied under masters," Eng said. "With a background like that - it's not surprising he became learned in the law and learned in administration. He will be a tremendous asset to his bench and who knows what horizons await him down the line."
Fernando Camacho, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters of the 11th Judicial District, also boasted about Lopresto's experience in the judicial system. "For those of us who have been around Queens for a few years, we know a few things about Charles Lopresto. We know he is an outstanding judge, we know he is devoted to his beautiful and talented family, we know about his resume and accomplishments," Camacho said.
While many gave mention to the jurist's accomplishments, speakers also pointed out that Lopresto's bipartisan approach to the law as a unique feature, making him a good candidate for Justice of the Supreme Court.
"He is a bipartisan justice and I say that because he comes from a bipartisan family. His mother has been a long-time member of the Taminent Democratic Club and his brother was an elected Republican assemblyman," said Michael Reich, executive secretary of the Democratic Organization of Queens County. "He has shown his impartiality by being in that bipartisan family and he was also nominated and supported by the Republican Party led by my good friend, Phil Ragusa."
Following Lopresto's oath of office, the newly elected Supreme Court Justice shared a few closing remarks and sentiments with the audience.
"I am truly humbled, honored and privileged to serve in this very esteemed position," he said. "These great things do not just happen by accident or coincidence or without the help, support and guidance of many people."
Lopresto went on to thank many of his co-workers, his secretary, his former bosses, and last, but certainly not least, his family - his two sons and wife, for being supportive every step of the way in his journey to becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court of New York.
Reach Reporter Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@ queenspress.com.