Grenadian Wins Civil Court Judgeship Race in New York

Author  Edited from CMC

NEW YORK – A Grenadian-born court attorney referee in Brooklyn has won her bid for a Civil Court judgeship in New York’s Democratic Party Primary.

NecklesWhat was initially characterized as a “dogfight” with African American Edward “Ed” King, in a two-way race in Kings County (Brooklyn), Derafim Bernadette Neckles resoundingly trounced King by a massive 44.06 percentage points. 

According to the unofficial election night results by New York City’s Board of Elections, with 99 percent of polling precincts reporting, Neckles received 31,160 votes to King’s 11,994 votes. There were 339 write-in ballots, accounting for a total of 43,493 votes cast in the judicial primary.


Neckles, whose victory will enable her to serve a 10-year term as a judge in the Kings County Civil Court in Brooklyn, credited her team for the victory.

“It was great team work that led to my success,” she said. “I look forward to serving in the position as a Civil Court judge.”

Like small claims and some landlord-tenant disputes, the Civil Court in Brooklyn addresses civil cases involving $25,000 or less.

Neckles is expected to win the November general elections in overwhelmingly Democratic New York.