Supreme Court Justice Susan Quirk sworn in at Brooklyn elementary school ceremony

March 30, 2023 Robert Abruzzese
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BUSHWICK — Hon. Susan Quirk, a lifelong resident of Staten Island, was sworn in as a New York State Supreme Court Justice on March 2, at the Felisa Rincon DeGautier (Public School 376) elementary school in Bushwick.

Quirk’s family, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate her achievement. Among those present were New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Presiding Justice Hector LaSalle, Appellate Division Second Department, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Hon. Deborah Kaplan, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, and Edwin Richardson-Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives. Assemblywoman Maritza Davila administered the oath of office.

Hon. Susan Quirk stands next to her father Dennis Quirk, who is holding the bible as his daughter is being sworn in by Assemblywoman Maritza Davila.

During her speech, Quirk emphasized the importance of Women’s History Month and thanked her family for their support. She spoke of her father, Dennis Quirk, president of the New York State Court Officers Association, who taught her to stand up for what is right, and her mother, Doreen Quirk, who passed away from breast cancer in 2010.

Quirk dedicated the ceremony to her mom, who she said was the backbone of their family, and expressed her wish that she could have been there to witness her achievement.

Judge Quirk with Major Steven Panella and daughters Antonia Lanni (second from left) and AnnaDoreen Lanni.

Quirk comes from a family of public servants, including her twin sister who is a court clerk in Family Court on Staten Island, and her other sister who is a court officer in Criminal Court on Staten Island.

From left: Dennis Quirk, Hon. Desmond Green, Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Hon. Deborah Kaplan, Hon. Matthew D’Emic, and Joseph Rosato.

She stated that growing up in a family of public servants taught her the importance of fighting for justice and what is right. Quirk’s two daughters, Antonia Lanni and AnnaDoreen Lanni, attend St. Joseph Hill Academy, where Quirk’s high school teacher and principal, Mrs. Molluzo, is retiring this year.

Quirk thanked her family and expressed her pride in their accomplishments. She spoke of the impact her mother had on her life and her commitment to participating in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” in her memory.

Justice Quirk is a former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, who was initially elected to the bench in Brooklyn in 2016 when she won a seat in the Civil Court.

From left: District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Hon. Susan Quirk, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, and Public Administrator Javier Ortiz.
From left: Hon. Rosemarie Montalbano, Mayor Eric Adams, Hon. Bernard Graham, and Craig Montalbano, who served as master of ceremonies at the installation.
From left: Hon. Carmen Pacheco, Hon. Hector LaSalle, Eric Gonzalez, and Hon. Patrick Hayes Torres.

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