New York, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in New York, New York, 17 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in New York, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 19.0 months. The average case processing time in New York is 662 days.The New York average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the New York ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
New York 17 19.0 months 662 days 2.0 29% 47% 24%
New York18.5 months617 days2.023%47%30%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Stephanie F
Judge: Moises Penalver
2/13/2020 4:33:21 PM

Very nice and unbiased. I am appreciative to have been able to sit before this ALJ.

Judge: April M Wexler
9/16/2019 7:12:50 AM

I'm a 42 which had me worried to begin with. I was quit pleased with Judge Wexler. She listen to what I had to say and treated me fairly. That's all that I ask. I believe she will make a fair ruling based on all the evidence.

Judge: Joseph K Rowe
3/4/2019 9:49:26 PM

Judge Rowe is an extremely compassionate man.He asked me excellent questions.He's no pushover.Play it straight,answer him directly and you'll get a fair decision.My case involved Bipolar 2.He was as good as many of my own psych.doctors !!!

Josh Lyle
Judge: David A Ettinger
1/7/2019 7:47:10 AM

Worst Judge ever, not only did he make a comment saying he is trying to believe me but the negative glares I didnt care for either. Then the lies, oh yes, so you write on my denial that you advised me of no attorney present and that I wanted to represent myself, LIES, I had an attorney there who was a complete joke didnt know anything about my case asking me questions about an abscess in my ear when it was in my intestines then quit after the hearing. I had an attorney there though yet in judges words I didnt have one then and you took the vocational expert word for word on her testimony never writing your own words as to why you denied me. I had a picc line had numerous surgeries with crohns and PTSD and seizures. You denied me in 2015 then I almost died due to my crohns then I get disability because I sent paperwork myself to SSI and not my lawyer Jeff Levine who did nothing, then all of a sudden I have a court case nobody knows what's going on, I get 3 phone calls from SSI admins asking me questions why they have my paperwork etc. Backwards system and none of you people care about us who are really sick. I almost died several times through 2016 2017 but your denial in 2015 could have changed that 1 point I stood up and almost walked out during the trial because judge was rude called me a liar without saying the word then my lawyer didnt know anything about my case had his secretary call me on my way there to make sure I was coming then I get there my lawyer wants me to drop my case then vocational expert does not know my disabilities or the fact i have 0 immune system but states many jobs from what data she collected that info from i have no idea as the jobs she stated are not even open or are they even in my area or surrounding areas....I check online for jobs is how i know then for judge to say I want to believe you like I'm lying, I have seizures PTSD crohns pnes, you think I can remember exact details I try to repeat as honestly as possible. Worst trial I ever was apart of, made me feel pretty ****** knowing these people are lazy at their jobs do not care how sick you are or all the procedures surgeries hospitalizations yet they sit there looking at you like your trash. Well buddy I'm not trash and your vocational expert gets her data from nowhere and my lawyer Jeff Levine didnt even know a **** thing about my case!!! How is that a fair trial? Or the fact you wrote on my denial I represented myself and you advised me which was lies and bullshit! If I knew who to contact to investigate my case I would but then again you all work together so it wouldn't matter huh. If you get this guy better be prepared to lose because this was a joke....Pretty sad disabled folks has to go through their illnesses which are lifelong and come to an unfair biased trial like mine. I hope karma finds you all and 1 day you will see what it's like to live in my shoes for 1 day.

Debra Benton
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/31/2018 9:04:16 AM

Please Help Me.Please

Judge: Michael Friedman
2/2/2018 8:00:01 AM

this judge is one of the worst. Most of his decisions are either dismissed or denied. In fact, he was taken off the bench for a while because his stats were in question. However, this dinosaur was brought back because the federal government is backed up and short staffed. During my hearing, he was very patronizing and sarcastic. In my "unfavorable decision" there was no specific reason for my denial. Just a lot of embellishment. Between this alj's bad reputation and my strong medical evidence, I might be able to get his decision remanded by the Appeals Council.

Judge: David A Ettinger
12/3/2017 12:27:10 PM

Have a heart condition nerve damage ptsd tbi bipolar with a veteran this judge treated me like crap and did not take my evidence in consideration I think he discriminated and I'm in process see what I can do against him because of this I'm dying and this jackass denied me... He is unfair does not do his job right at all.

Sharon Moten
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/15/2017 8:24:27 PM

Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis really helped my wife in receiving her fully favorable decision. She was a very understanding Judge being that my wife suffers with debilitating complex regional pain syndrome (crps) and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Thank you so very much Judge Sandra Dimaggio Wallis!!! You are the best!! May God bless you tremendously! 👏👏👏👏👏

Jeff Willson
Judge: Seth I Grossman
9/15/2017 2:08:45 PM

how can this guy be allowed to continue when his extremely low approval rate clearly show he has a bias against claimants. This is so sad.

Frances Brown
Judge: Jerome Hornblass
8/6/2017 6:50:56 AM

Judge Hornblass is; by his actions unfit to sit in judgement of a living soul. After considering his past record on the supreme court, this should have been clear. He is not a fair human being and can not possibly be a fair judge of character. He is playing the numbers game while sitting hearing cases at the Social Security Office in Manhattan. He has had decisions overturned on the same matters more then three times. This represents arrogance and deregard for a civilized legal systems.

Judge: Lynette Gohr
7/15/2017 6:37:47 PM

The woman is making a name for herself. It all went to her head. Worst Judge ever, all about her. She's trying to be the judge with the largest denial rate. I wish there was a lower rating to give her

Judge: David A Ettinger
6/6/2017 1:48:00 AM

Judge David Ettinger was fair & caring at my hearing. I do not know the outcome of my case but I can honestly say no matter how it turns out he was thorough & compassionate.

Judge: Gitel Reich
3/3/2017 3:59:29 PM

Judge Gitel Reich is a most caring and fair Judge. I have been waiting for almost 3 years for a Hearing for my friends son who had a traumatic brain injury. She listened to the facts, the doctor, and gave him a fully favorable decision. I you get her as a Judge you will be pleased. She has prevented this young man from being homeless. I am overwhelmed with this decision. She has my total respect..

Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/15/2016 7:56:49 PM

Rene a adorno
Judge: Wallace Tannenbaum
12/16/2015 7:44:05 PM

Kudos to a great law judge, who's done a great job for the social security administration, the dear judge gave me the benefit of doubt. Semper fi dear judge

Arkeebal Harrison
Judge: Joani Sedaca
11/16/2015 11:03:36 AM

This "judge" completely dropped the ball in my decision. Not a fair person shouldn't be a administrative law judge.

Curtis Preston
Judge: Mark Hecht
11/13/2015 10:55:04 AM

In my opinion,this guy is unfair to people who are truly injured and disabled!!

Judge: Mark Hecht
11/2/2015 9:38:03 PM

This is one angel of a judge..God Bless you

V Butts
Judge: Mark Sochaczewsky
10/21/2015 9:01:01 AM

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: Lori Romeo
10/13/2015 5:47:58 PM

No where near fair. She seemed as if she had a decision in mind as soon as I walked into the room. But to her surprise the medical expert, who was very professional and knew exactly what I was feeling, agreed that I fit a medical listing. She had no choice but to approve me because of it.

Judge: David A Ettinger
8/17/2015 5:09:05 PM

Although Judge Ettinger probably thinks he is doing his best to apply the rules to the evidence, his disposition and behavior is insulting and rude to Claimant's representatives. A number of representatives I know refuse to practice before him. If one of their clients' cases is assigned to this judge, the representative withdraws. Life is too short to take abuse from this ALJ.

Judge: Mark Hecht
7/16/2015 8:11:15 AM

Do anyone have this judge before?

Judge: Robert J Labrum
6/16/2015 1:20:35 PM

I have appeared before this judge several times representing clients. He is fair, he is prepared, and he understands the law regarding disability claims. If you don't have good medical evidence (as noted by the other commenter on this page), what are you doing at a hearing? SSA can reverse any favorable decision that isn't based on medical records. Why would Judge Labrum waste time approving your claim based on your own personal account, without supporting medical evidence, when it's only going to be reversed when SSA appeals?

Judge: Gitel Reich
4/24/2015 5:44:47 PM

I recently saw Judge Gitel Reich in February, and received a Fully Favorable decision. She is very professional, and straight to the point. My hearing with Judge Gitel went very well. A very knowledgeable Judge who will listen to you, and very respectful. I thank Judge Gitel Reich for the very smooth transition, and she is a fair Judge, as long as you have valid proof that you are indeed Disabled. Very good Experience, and the upmost respect for Judge Gitel Reich.

Judge: April M Wexler
2/28/2015 8:35:37 PM

I sincerely feel bad for the other reviewer and hope that he/she has been approved or better yet, healed, I had a different experience. I am a 38 year old male with MRI's that show bad arthritis in multiple places, tile table was positive for severe orthostatic hypotension. BUT, the rest of my illness is an "invisible illness". I did not exaggerate anything, if anything I under-played my illness (stupid pride). Judge Wexler listened to everything I had to say and appeared attentive to my complex issues. I'm not yet sure if she ruled fully or partially favorable, I just received notice from my local SSA, not yet from ODAR. No matter what her decision, I believe she ruled fairly in my case at least. Now, I need to work on getting more tests and trying to find treatment that works so I can get OFF disability! I take off a star on the assumption that the previous commenter was indeed denied based SOLELY on ability to drive.

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
12/2/2014 5:10:54 PM

Thank you judge Pizzuto for being fair and balanced. The fact that your also very caring towards the claimants makes the experience of appearing before you all the more enjoyable.

Judge: Michael Friedman
4/23/2014 8:37:33 PM

going before judge Friedman ... any information on him ?

Michael Manning
Judge: Melissa Warner
4/19/2014 10:59:20 AM

unless you are non white she will not approve you!!!

Judge: Lori Romeo
3/29/2014 9:21:25 AM

Judge Romeo Very Professional , straight forward , and got straight to the point. Well respected Judge! Thank you!

Judge: Melissa Warner
3/25/2014 4:36:07 PM

Judge Warner To do what she is paid to do ask only questions of her witnesses that favors a no decision which she is paid to do!!!!

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
3/16/2014 6:22:58 PM

Judge Marissa A Pizzuto was the judge that was in charge of my SSDI case in 2011. She was passionate and understanding when asking questions and listening to my response. Judge Marissa made me feel comfortable as in any court proceeding one would tend to be nervous. Judge Marissa ruled a fully favorable decision on my clam and I wish to thank her for her professionalism and caring in my SSDI case.

Judge: Mark Solomon
2/24/2014 4:47:38 PM

Any Information about this judge

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM

i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Michael G.
Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
11/14/2013 8:40:56 AM

Judge Marissa A Pizzuto is a caring, compassionate and understanding Judge. Her sincere display of kindness and concern for my well being was truly amazing and very much appreciated!! She's a very professional Judge who is heartfelt and genuine. My family and I are so grateful that I was assigned such an intelligent and patient Judge who really cares!! Thank you so much, "Your Honor". Sincerely…Michael G.

Dolores Prestigiacomo
Judge: Jerome Hornblass
11/10/2013 3:12:02 PM

I did a internship from LaGuardia College in 1991 under the supervision of Judge Hornblass at Supreme Court. I found him to be a dedicated fair individual as a person.

Alan Hochfeld
Judge: Joani Sedaca
10/7/2013 11:38:15 AM

Class act and super fair person.

Judge: April M Wexler
6/26/2013 5:55:03 PM

Judge April M. Wexler is a Judge who is definitely not aware of the fact that many people who are applying for disability are actual people who have serious pre existing and continued long term medical issues and medical problems. I believe she looks at the actual person instead of the combined medical evidence, which includes narratives MRI's, and x-rays provided by the Medical Doctors. Furthermore I believe that Judge Wexler is biased with many of her rulings and decisions. In my case her words to me directly were " If you can drive then you are not DISABLE period regardless of your medical conditions"

Judge: David A Ettinger
6/9/2013 8:51:54 AM

Judge David Ettinger distributes justice with knowledge and compassion. Don't go in front of him unless you are truly disabled. I know this from a recent personal experience. Their needs to be more men like him.

vance adams
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM

I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

Judge: Jerome Hornblass
3/22/2013 10:44:22 PM

Judge Hornblass is not only a down to earth, fair Judge, he knows "real people" and what their needs are. He is the epitome of Firm but Fair.

chris ricci
Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
3/14/2013 11:38:33 AM

On behalf of myself and my son thank you for being a true professional. People who serve their country deserve the respect u display.

Judge: David A Ettinger
3/13/2013 2:24:14 PM

you are getting a big retirement check and free medical at the VA. You don't need this money

Judge: Melissa Warner
2/15/2013 4:25:50 PM

I was very pleased with her honor, very thorough, precise, and thoughtful.

Judge: Robert C Dorf
2/3/2013 11:02:20 AM

i myself had the honor of haveing Judge Dorf hear my case.i a a man that had slways worked for everything i have received in my life.i was brought up in a family that fought from WW1 WW2 korea and my dad in service for vietnam in other words a proud family,that has tought all of our children if u study and work hard ,nomatter what ur job,there is never a job to low or made fun of as long at that person works shows hide pride.As a family we were all city dad died in the line of duty for the F.D.N.Y.THE point is that i was very ashamed of myself of haveing to apply for ssd ,i was a very hard thing to do being brought up in a tuff hard working GERMAN family that wold nevrer ask for help they would just get another job.Judge dorf is the fairest man i was there there is and smart.without looking at all his paper work he new all my dieses,all the side effects that it has caused me over the years,and i believe he new what my life has turned into after 30years fighting this CHRONES has truely cripled my life to lower myself to have to ask the Gov for help......MY MAIN POINT IS THAT JUDGE ROBERT DORF IS A GREAT AND FAIR JUDGE.

Judge: Robert J Labrum
1/2/2013 1:12:25 PM

If there is evidence in the file supporting the claim, he does a good job. If the evidence isn't very clear, he will likely deny the case.

Judge: Wallace Tannenbaum
12/6/2012 11:04:02 AM

He had already decided the case before speaking with me or my lawyer. His court reporter warned us before going into court that the judge doesn't like long hearings. The judge reminded us of that later during the hearing. He used my showing up to medical appointments against me as a sign I can keep a schedule. He was hostile when asking questions. The trail couldn't have lasted longer than 10-15 mins with administrative issues involved. I waited 2 years for this?!

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
9/26/2012 5:25:08 PM

Pearl of judge

Elmer Groener
Judge: Harvey Feldmeier
9/20/2012 9:42:57 PM

There is a good chance that Judge Feldmeier and I served in the same platoon on Sand Hill,Ft. Benning1963-65. We were with b co. 1bn. 23bgde-2nd infantry division. Harvey was a high character guy and very conscientious.Harvey was an extremely 'straight arrow",it was not surprising to discover that he become a judge(if the same fellow).I'm not sure Harvey would remember me-it would be great if somebody could tell Harvey I dropped a line,and please let me know if it is the same Harvey Feldmeier. Thank You Elmer Groener Bend,Oregon

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
8/23/2012 5:30:13 PM

god blass you and your families i wait for hearing just im pray

Judge: Marissa A Pizzuto
8/23/2012 5:25:16 PM

god bless you

Neil Rogers
Judge: David A Ettinger
8/21/2012 1:11:15 PM

I had a hearing in front of ALJ Ettinger on 14 June 2012, my medical condition CONSTRICTIVE BRONCHIOLITS which is the condition I was disability retired after 21 years of active duty Army service, with 4 12 month combat deployments, 2 in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan. My first deployment I was exposed to Sulfur gas over a 4 week time period. This is the cause of my CB, it was diagnosed by an open lung biopsy at Vanderbilt. During my hearing and contact with my lawyer I was not informed that CB had been added to the COMPASSIONATE ALLOWANCES list, in April 2012 as one of 52 new rare serious conditions by the Commissioner. These would take effect 11 Aug 2012. My appeal was denied several weeks later for a long list of reasons that did not pertain to CB. Surely the Judge would of known about these new conditions added to the Compassionate Allowances list, so why was I denied, CB is incurable, untreatable and progressive. This was proven by evidence provided. Is this because the judge did not know even though he is the expert, if he did know according the SSA website says it is an almost guarantee that you will be approved. So I am confused why something so important was not addressed.

Judge: Moises Penalver
7/12/2012 1:08:04 PM

Very kind, very nice

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM


Judge: Curtis Axelsen
7/3/2012 12:46:43 PM

This atricle went ahead and made my day.

Judge: Melissa Warner
6/22/2012 7:19:07 AM

not too bright is an understaement

Judge: Melissa Warner
6/8/2012 2:59:35 PM

Fairly negative ALJ. Conducts hearings in fast paced manner. I think she is fairly new but not to bright.

Judge: Kenneth G Levin
6/8/2012 10:31:25 AM

Patronizing, arrogant, and dismissive attitude towards representatives, unfortunately likewise with claimaints. demeaning of claimants abilities to effectuate there language and unfair in describing his observations of claimants testimony.

Judge: Curtis Axelsen
6/8/2012 10:28:00 AM

Professionalism at its best. Outstanding knowledge of the law, soft temparent and helpful.

Judge: Wallace Tannenbaum
6/8/2012 10:25:59 AM

Excellent Judge, knowledgeable, professional and fair.

Judge: Harvey Feldmeier
4/9/2012 6:51:43 AM

Great decision. Although I did not get paid, who else would have had the courage to tell me where to get off!

Judge: Lori Romeo
4/8/2012 2:40:54 PM

Judge: Joani Sedaca
4/5/2012 10:45:58 AM

Im just curious if anyone can post how long they waited for there decisions from the judges in this office? I mean how long did you have to wait from time of hearing to letter either approval or denial in the mail and please post if you were approved and how long and if you were denied how long? In rough time frames as to keep yourself anonymous?

Judge: Lori Romeo
4/3/2012 10:02:02 PM

An intlelinget point of view, well expressed! Thanks!

Judge: Wallace Tannenbaum
3/27/2012 1:09:14 PM

Outstanding judical temperament, knowledge and abilities.