Albany, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Albany, New York, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Albany, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Albany is 474 days.The Albany average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 56%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Albany ODAR office was last updated on 9/8/2015.

SSA, Albany ODAR Office
74 North Pearl Street, 6th Floor
Albany, New York 12207-2211
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Phone: (866) 643-3035 -- Fax: (518) 462-1933
eFile Fax: (877) 379-8560 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Albany 11 16.0 months 474 days 2.2 13% 56% 30%
New York16.2 months509 days1.920%48%32%
National Average:14.9 months461 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.23
Average Processing Time 474 days
Cases Pending 6003
Dispositions 3984
New Cases 4238
Hearings In Person 81%
Video Hearings 19%

Comments about Judges at the Albany New York ODAR office:

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Judge: Carl E Stephan
Date Posted: 11/10/2015 11:30:25 AM
Submited By: Kurt nous

Far from, on a power trip

Judge: Mark Sochaczewsky
Date Posted: 10/21/2015 9:01:01 AM
Submited By: V Butts

You were a very patient with my son that has adhd and other issues. We appeared to you from Jamestown New York court room via satellite in 2009. You denied the fee of the legal aid because basically you relax if they were taking advantage of low incom people . Well my son was reviewed and a few months later approved again in 2015. I can't find anyone to help me. Now 6 years later not from this case but from the decision made in 2009 social security is giving my sons back pay from the new case to them. Can you please direct me in th way I should go

Judge: Michelle S Marcus
Date Posted: 5/22/2015 3:49:14 PM
Submited By: SLF

Judge: Michelle S Marcus For more than half my life, I have had to fight to prove this disease, not to my doctors, but to family and friends and people who just don't have a clue. TMJ is not a common disease/disability - still so very much unknown about it which is a crime in itself, as so many people have it and so many don't know how debilitating and devastating it is to the individual suffering, their family, their co-workers and friends. I am so grateful and thankful that I was tried before a compassionate and understanding but more than that, knowledgeable judge that sees this disease as it truly is.

Judge: Arthur Patane
Date Posted: 4/8/2015 4:47:23 PM
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I went before Judge Patane regarding my SS claim. I was injured a few years ago and have had several doctors including my employers IME rule in my favor saying that I am permanently disabled. I can no longer work at my job and was terminated because of it. Despite having sent the judge over 200 documents including some from my employer I was given a hearing and essentially called a liar. My attorney could not make the hearing and I wasn't granted an adjournment. Judge Patane was rude and condescending, questioning why I couldn't still do my job. Maybe its because my employer got rid of me. I have been working with NYS employment agencies and they can't find me work within my disability but Judge Patane knows better. I had sent him all the records of this including my evaluations from NYS Vesid with them saying I will not be able to work unless its within my disability and how hard that would be. But instead he chose to be rude and give me a hard time.

Judge: Terence Farrell
Date Posted: 9/13/2014 9:58:04 AM
Submited By: michele

got good results with judge Farrell was a very kind and understanding, respectful judge thank you judge Farrell.

Judge: Robert Wright
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 7:58:41 PM
Submited By: Bernie Shapiro

True New York Gentleman, great dedicated lawyer, true jurist, whose intention and drive is to do the right thing. Over the long haul, this Judge has demonstrated that he is dutibound, consistent, fair, realistic and intuitive. This is the quality ALJ that the SSA needs to seek and be sure to have appointed. He properly demands that the attorney have a command of the case facts and be ready to present the case effectively, efficiently and politely, and he deserves the respect of having his expectation met every time. If the case deserves to win, it will win, and if it doesn't immediately appear to be a "winner," he's willing to listen to the presentation and be impressed by evidence. And if the case isn't proven, he'll do the right thing there, and deny.

Judge: Arthur Patane
Date Posted: 6/12/2013 11:25:54 AM
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2009 I went through weeks of paperwork, phone interviews, appeals about being over resources. SS could not comprehend that my check register (money available) was always much lower than bank statements because I charge everything on credit cards to float the money for 3+ weeks cycle. I'm on automatic payments scheduled after the first week of the month when the checks come in, that money is committed to the payee, I can't use it for anything else. The Judge's phone call was fast, pleasant, courteous and efficient, he got it, and absolved me completely.

Judge: John G Farrell
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 11:24:04 AM
Submited By: pat

Judge Farrell was very fair. I was expecting him to be intimidating. He made me feel very comfortable. After a 5yr process; I am glad it is over finally. Now just awaiting back payment.

Judge: Carl E Stephan
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 8:47:25 AM
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A good man and fair judge

Judge: Brian LeCours
Date Posted: 1/30/2013 7:38:11 PM
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Very dismissive! Rude and harsh. His mind is made up before the hearing.

Judge: John J Pickett
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 8:52:33 AM
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I have appeared before Judge Pickett on several occasions. He is second to no one in terms of intellect, judicial demeanor, and kindness. My main problem with Judge Pickett is that when I am in his presence, I have difficulty concentrating. He is so handsome,sexy and charming that I can barely keep my eyes off him to deal with my claimant. This has caused me difficulties, and while I always hope he is the judge before whom I will appear, I also hope that it is one of the other judges so that I can concentrat on something beside him.

Judge: Michelle S Marcus
Date Posted: 9/24/2012 11:07:48 PM
Submited By: k

Didnt give much weight to their own Doctor. Denied me. Said i wasnt in therapy( which i am ). No VE at hearing.

Judge: Carl E Stephan
Date Posted: 7/31/2012 1:35:47 PM
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Judge: Mary Sparks
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 12:54:14 AM
Submited By: Mirailton

Absolutely first rate and cpoper-bottomed, gentlemen!

Judge: Mary Sparks
Date Posted: 6/12/2012 10:57:55 AM
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ALJ Sparks is the Greatest Judge to come through Social Security. Judge Sparks not only is compassionate but reviews the cases thoroughlly. I had an attorney who was not performing his duties and she was able to correct his action. My Attorney was able get the medical records I needed and my case was granted in my favor. Awesome Judge

Judge: Robert Wright
Date Posted: 6/4/2012 4:44:08 AM
Submited By: Karren Bergland

I have all the respect in the world for Judge Wright amd feel he has always been fair and accurate with his decisions here in the Northeast. Mu uncle Judge Steven Fleck was also a ALJ for many years, starting out in Pittsburgh and then relocating to Los Angeles.