Queens Housing Court Judge Won’t Budge

Emanuel Haber, a Housing Court Judge for the last 15 years, is getting a lot of help from landlords and their attorneys in Queens to stay on the bench. Even though the judge has received a thumbs-down from the bar association for concerns about his judicial temperament, and likely the Housing Court Advisory Council (they nixed him in 1991, and their current recommendation is not yet known but believed to be negative), he is fighting to stay a judge.As reported in the New York Law Journal, Judge Haber has appealed to and gotten support from the Queens landlord bar, chiefly the landlord firm of Horing, Welikson & Bienstock. This landlord firm obtained the names and addresses of tenants who had appeared pro se in Judge Haber’s courtroom in September 1995. Letters were then sent to those tenants asking them to answer a questionnaire on how they were treated and how their cases were handled in “Part 18B.” This unscientific survey was reported to Queens Legal Services who in turn reported it with the solicitation to the Law Journal.

Judge Haber, who is 76 years old, throughout his tenure has been consistently classified by tenant advocates as “anti-tenant.” He is up for reappointment for a fourth five-year term, which his landlord supporters want to make happen. Housing Court judges currently are paid $95,000 a year.

Queens tenants who wish to have their say about Judge Haber should quickly write to the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Jacqueline W. Silberman at 80 Center St., New York NY 10013. Please send a copy of your letter to Met Council.