Morgan Lancman, a lawyer and wife of Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), is the Queens Democratic Party’s choice for a Civil Court judgeship.
Lancman, a graduate of New York Law School who has served as a court referee, a court secretary for several judges, and as an attorney at the City Comptroller’s Office, became the party’s designee for the post at the organization’s meeting Monday.
The choice of Lancman, whose husband served in the state Assembly for six years representing a district that stretched from Bowne Park to Richmond Hill, surprised some observers. The now-councilman and the party establishment have not been very close. In 2012, he ran a primary for Congress against now-Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), the party’s choice.
But Councilman Lancman, who said he was “excited” about his wife’s race, noted he has had the party’s support in his Assembly and Council races and said the friction between them is “overdramatized.”
“People shouldn’t read too deeply into that,” he said. “If one wants to see proof that the party and I have a good relationship, look at my [Assembly and Council] endorsements.”
One source said Morgan Lancman’s legal career made her an obvious choice.
“I’ve known Morgan longer than I’ve known Rory,” one Democratic district leader said. “She’s smart as a whip and knows the law. She’ll make a great judge.”
The councilman said that he and his wife met in Queens College and knew they both wanted to be in public service.
“While my path led me to run for office, hers was in the law field,” he said.
Lancman was rated qualified to hold a judgeship by an independent committee several years ago.
Democrats typically sweep judicial races in Queens, so the endorsement of Lancman all but ensures she will win.
Democrats noted that Lancman, who is Jewish and of Iranian descent, would be the first Iranian-American judge in the state.