Jericho, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Jericho, New York, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Jericho, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Jericho is 461 days.The Jericho average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 56%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Jericho ODAR office was last updated on 6/19/2015.

SSA, Jericho ODAR Office
375 North Broadway, 3rd Floor
Jericho, New York 11753
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Phone: 866-931-4494 -- Fax: (516) 942-0353
eFile Fax: (877) 379-8559 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Jericho 8 15.0 months 461 days 1.9 16% 56% 28%
New York14.9 months494 days1.920%48%32%
National Average:14.1 months449 days2.118%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.85
Average Processing Time 461 days
Cases Pending 7328
Dispositions 2346
New Cases 3458
Hearings In Person 85%
Video Hearings 15%

Comments about Judges at the Jericho New York ODAR office:

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Judge: Joseph R Faraguna
Date Posted: 7/8/2015 5:02:07 PM
Submited By: Denise,burk

I have been in pain for 3 years since,my car accident, I have gone to every Dr and still seek pain management. I am 55 and worked for many years after being told I was seeing the perfect judge for my case I was denied,and am,sick thank you

Judge: April M Wexler
Date Posted: 2/28/2015 8:35:37 PM
Submited By: Mike

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: Alan B Berkowitz
Date Posted: 6/29/2014 4:46:24 AM
Submited By: robert

Excellent Judge he delivers what he promises very fare respectful, caring, honest, it just take patience,he will do what he promises

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 5/12/2014 10:21:46 AM
Submited By: Peter j conger

Judge Firestone is a assume person not just a judge he took time to talk to me he understood everything that i was going through in my life..i was at my worst didn't know whether to go on living or die he must have felt my pain..his compassion n kindness gave me hope again..he truly gave my life back to me..thank you judge Firestone..GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

Judge: Andrew S Weiss
Date Posted: 4/17/2014 8:53:48 PM
Submited By: lewis j sauls

Hello my name is Lewis j Saul's Mr. Weiss is a great judge he is very fair and makes great decisions

Judge: Zachary S Weiss
Date Posted: 4/1/2014 11:11:03 AM
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ALJ Weiss can be hard to read at times but, in general, he grants the case. He takes quite a while to issue a decision and although some of his denials are questionable, he actually is one of the best ALJs in NY based upon the number of his favorable decisions. As a lawyer, I am happy when I see my case is assigned to ALJ Weiss.

Judge: Joseph R Faraguna
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 11:58:54 AM
Submited By: Lorraine

Very compassionate & intelligent, if you meet all requirements with all necessary physical & psychological disability medical evidence, you will receive a fair hearing...

Judge: Bruce MacDougall
Date Posted: 1/17/2014 2:31:14 PM
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Judge: Bruce MacDougall I had Judge MacDougall for my hearing I thought he was a total gentleman. I was surprised of his results. His Notice of Decision was Unfavorable. It is unfortunate because I honestly am disabled based on the criteria stated on the social security disability website. I know the government has no money but It seems to me that the government has money for when they need it. I still give this Judge 5 stars because of the way he treated me at the hearing. That goes a long way in my eyes in regards to the respect that people in authority give to people such as Judge: Bruce MacDougall gave to me. In conclusion, in my opinion his decision was possibly made because of pressure he may get from his superiors. I also feel that it was probably really based on my age (under 50) not on all of the evidence that was provided. Unknown if I should appeal.

Judge: Joseph R Faraguna
Date Posted: 8/16/2013 10:43:53 AM
Submited By: SydneyH

The 5-star rating says it all!

Judge: Jay L Cohen
Date Posted: 6/27/2013 1:41:28 PM
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Straight shooter, fair, objective. Bends to neither side. Thorough. Professional demeanor, you know your'e in front of a real judge and will get a fair shake, win or lose. What you want and expect in an Administrative Law Judge.

Judge: Bruce MacDougall
Date Posted: 6/27/2013 1:29:38 PM
Submited By: Vic Fusco

I have found Judge MacDougall to be fair and objective and to hold hearings where the claimant was treated with great respect and compassion. That is not to say he gives away the store, he doesn't but in the my opinion and that of others in my office he ususally gets it right- win or lose. I don't understand the comment above dated 7-27-12. Probably an unhappy claimant. Judge MacDougall is always fully conversant with the file at these hearings, and knows what's in each report. He is am impressive man in my opinion.

Judge: April M Wexler
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 5:55:03 PM
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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: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 4/15/2013 8:49:47 AM
Submited By: Jeffrey W. Boyle

Don't kid yourself, Jason! He would have moved your case back three times anyway, because he can't handle most situations, either.

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 12:43:20 PM
Submited By: Jeffrey W. Boyle

Well i had entirely different treatment from this 'person' and can not publish my true feelings publicly. I am however in contact with intelligent organizations and superiors who will take the time to review the lack of integrity, honesty, and competence required for his position, and if I had my way, would like nothing better than to see him removed from what is clearly a job that is well above his capabilities.

Judge: Seymour Rayner
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 10:41:24 PM
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This Judge can not hear half of what goes on in his hearing room. Be prepared to repeat half of everything you say and if he doesn't ask you to repeat it, assume he never heard it.

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 11:27:42 AM
Submited By: Jason Rosario

You R O C K in the USA!

Judge: Scott C Firestone
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 10:20:33 AM
Submited By: Jason P Rosario

Sir Judge Scott C Firestone is truly amazeing.Hes compatioante and careing.He didnt have to but did infact move back my court case three times.cause im unable to handle most sittuations myself.and only have my mom to help me,And she has her own problems and mental health problems.Hes truly awsome.

Judge: Zachary S Weiss
Date Posted: 1/28/2013 5:37:43 PM
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Allegedly feels that the disability attorneys who appear in front of him are terrible lawyers. Yet as a Judge, he recently showed up at his hearing office at 9am, had hearings on his calendar beginning at 8am, and apparently had no idea he even had hearings. How can a federal judge not know he has hearings when he arrives at court? These hearings are potentially the most important proceedings in a claimant's life and he shows up late and even worse, unprepared.

Judge: Ronald L Waldman
Date Posted: 1/15/2013 9:11:37 PM
Submited By: a claimant's sister

This is a judge who is aware of the fact that many who are applying for disability are acutally human beings with true medical problems. He looks at the facts of the case in a fair manner. However, he also connects with you on another personal level and I think, uses this to judge a person's character. This judge and his actions and acute awareness of the meaning of justice restores my confidence in the goodness, nobility, and humility of humanity

Judge: Zachary S Weiss
Date Posted: 1/5/2013 6:11:26 PM
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Beyond arrogant. Could care less about adjudicating a claimant's case and spends more time delaying decisions and holding unnecessary supplemental hearings. The guy failed as a commissioner of the ny workers comp board and ran off to be a disability judge because it was an easier gig. Completely anti-attorney. Make sure you get every single thing on the record and object early and often with this guy.

Judge: Bruce MacDougall
Date Posted: 7/27/2012 6:33:19 PM
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Judge Bruce dont care about narrative reports, mri`s, xrays.He will say you can drive to your doctors and walk, so there for your doctor word has little creite and there for the state dr record wind you can work .Find a state dr that say you cant work,wont happen.

Judge: Kenneth Chu
Date Posted: 6/13/2012 1:07:48 PM
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This judge is extremely fair even when he does not find on your behalf.

Judge: Zachary S Weiss
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 4:55:41 AM
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Generally not a fair judge. He can sometimes sit on post hearing decision for 1 year. Does a lot of post hearing development. He often writes scare tactics letters to doctors, implying that they could be in some sort of trouble by writing a favorable RFC. He also questions, the doctors about fees they may have received for writing their report.