Jersey City, New Jersey ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Jersey City, New Jersey, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Jersey City, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 21.0 months. The average case processing time in Jersey City is 702 days.The Jersey City average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Jersey City ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Jersey City 11 21.0 months 702 days 2.0 20% 47% 32%
New Jersey21.3 months703 days2.120%47%33%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
AVERAGE TIME
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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John Bell
Judge: Michael J Stacchini
5/28/2019 9:08:45 PM



I had a hearing on May 23 2019 of course I have not received a decision as of yet, but I found that ALJ Michael Stacchini seemed very fair and interested in hearing me plead my case. Although I’m no mind reader myself and attorney are very confident that the judge will rule in my favor fingers crossed this has been a terrible fight from day 1 3 years ago. God bless and everyone feel better soon

GINA RESTUCCIO
Judge: Dina R Loewy
4/15/2019 6:34:31 PM



JUDGE DINA LOEWY GETS ZERO STARS. SHE ONLY APPROVES APPROXIMATELY 40 PERCENT OF HER CASES COMPARED TO 65 PERCENT SOME OTHER JUDGES APPROVE. ANY LAWYER WILL LOOK UP STATISTICS AND KNOW YOU WILL PROBABLY LOSE IF YOU GET HER AS A JUDGE. FURTHERMORE, SHE NATURALLY, SHE DENIED MY HEARING. I HAVE MULTIPLE PROBLEMS WITH MY HEALTH INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A VESTIBULAR DISORDER, ANIXETY DISORDER, DEPRESSION, FIBROMYALGIA, COPD, ALLERGIES AND MORE. SHE KEPT REPEATING THE SAME REASONS THROUGHOUT THE UNFAVORABLE DECISION LETTER I RECEIVED. SHE MADE HER DECISION ACCORDING TO MY NO GOOD LAWYER, ALAN KARMAZIN, BASED ON A LETTER MY EX PRIMARY DOCTOR, (DR.BRUNO MANDUCA) PUT IN THE FILE STATING THAT I RUINED OUR DOCTOR/PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. DR. MANDUCA PUT THAT LETTER IN MY FILE TO CYA (COVER HIS *** BECAUSE I WALKED OUT OF HIS OFFICE AFTER MANY YEARS OF BEING HOS PATIENT. WHY? I WILL TELL YOU WHY...DR. MANDUCA FILLED OUT MY LTD PAPERS AND PUT ME ON LTD FOR A YEAR. THE SECOND YEAR, HE DID NOT WANT TO FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK. HE SAID FIBROMYALGIA WAS NOTHING! THAT HURT MY FEELINGS BECAUSE I NO IT IS NOT NOTHING BECAUSE I AM IN JOINT PAIN AND MUSCLE PAIN EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE. I TOLD ALL MY SPECIALISTS TO SEND HIM MY DIAGNOSIS SO IT COULD BE IN ONE SPOT WITH MY PRIMARY MEDICAL DOCTOR. UPON BEING SEEN BY DR. MANDUCA, HE DIDNT EVEN LOOK AT MY RECORDS THE SPECIALISTS SENT HIM TELLING HIM I HAD COPD AND FIBROMYALGIA BESIDES THE OTHER DISEASES I ALREADY HAD THAY HE KNEW ABOUT. WHEN I TOLD HIM IT IS IN MY RECORDS, I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA. HE SAID, "FIBROMYALGIA IS NOTHING". THEN I SAID I ALSO HAVE COPD, I ASKED ALL MY DOCTORS TO SEND YOU MY RECORDS. DID YOU GET THEM? HE STARTS THINKING. I SEE THE LOOK OF HIM THINKING. SO HE DID NOT EVEN LOOK AT MY RECORDS TO SEE MY TWO MOST CURRENT DIAGNOSIS. DINA LOEWY KEEP USING WHAT DR. BRUNO MANDUCA WROTE IN THAT LETTER, TO CYA. DINA LOEWY REPEATED IT OVER AND OVER IN MY UNFAVORABLE DECISION SHE GAVE ME. SHE DIDN'T EVEN ASK ME ABOUT WHY MY EX MEDICAL DR. WROTE THAT I RUINED OUR DR PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. IN FACT, HE WAS THE ONE WHO RUINED IT. I DID NOT DEMAND HIM TO FILL OUT MY LTD PAPERWORK LIKE HE SAID IN THAT LETTER HE WROTE. HE PROBABLY THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO SUE HIM FOR NOT TREATING ME PROPERLY MEDICALLY BECAUSE I WALKED OUT AFTER HE SAID FIBROMYALGIA IS NOTHING AND HE DID NOT KNOW I HAD COPD. JUDGE DINA LOEWY SHOULD BE JUDGED AND FIRED WITH HER SIX DIGIT SALARY. THEY SHOULD GIVE HER YEARLY SALARY TO 20 DISABLED PEOPLE THAT NEED IT AND SHE SHOULD BE ON OUBLIC ASSISTANCE INSTEAD OF ME AND SOME OF YOU. I WORJED FOR 30 YEARS. I LOVE TO WORK, I JUST CAN'T ANYMORE.

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Judge: Elana Hollo
11/2/2018 1:48:04 PM



Excellent judge, really listens to the claimant and doesn't use the vocational expert if it's not necessary.


Judge: Patrick Kilgannon
9/4/2018 9:04:28 PM



Judge Kilgannon is prejudice towards youth! I have gone through 4 hearings with judge Kilgannon and 7 of my doctors filled out the physical and mental RFC forms. That showed how severe my back is because I have had a bilateral lumbar laminectomy and now im suppose to have a two level lumbar fusion with hardware. I have such severe degeneration, that I have no choice! On top of that I have severe RA, Lupus, treatment resistant depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Colitis and radiculapathy on both sides of my legs. I had an EMG to confirm it. He decided to listen to the 2 non examining doctors, who didn't comment on my RA or Lupus vs the 7 of my treating physicians. Keep in mind it was 7 different highly trained specialists. I am also on a lot of prescription pain medication. He made me go through 4 hearings which took years even though my case is Dire need and denied me, 2 weeks after my hearing. Now I can't afford my treatments and my doctors appointments and food, water, and shelter. I need that Medicare and that measly money every month. Im now about to file for bankruptcy. Meanwhile people much healthier than me are collecting disability with no problem! All this because of my age! This is disgraceful!

Drew
Judge: Hilton R Miller
7/21/2018 6:15:40 AM



I before Judge Hilton on March 27, 2018. Although, I did not have any representation, he didn’t make me feel clueless about what was going on. He presides over the evidence, and took into consideration from their expert witness and the vocational expert. Because the medical evidence wasn’t updated since 2016 (when I was denied) he ask for an examination, and updated doctor records. No matter what the outcome will be, thank you Judge Hilton, for being a fair and honest judge.

paul
Judge: Michael J Stacchini
7/17/2018 10:30:59 AM



i recently went before mr Stacchini in my disabilty case and as much as i have heard about him being unfair i have to say he was very understanding in my case took in all the facts and gave me a fully favaroble decision thank you again your honor for saving my life

Jirri Sanders
Judge: Eric W Borda
5/7/2018 5:01:15 PM



Eric Borda, was my attorney in the State of Maryland. Attorney Borda, won my case, which was denied. We went to the Federal level and won. Attorney Borda is no racist. Besides, what does color have to do with you when the law is written?

Disability
Judge: Hilton R Miller
4/13/2018 10:23:49 AM



This judge made up his mind before we started. Its a number game to him not disability


Judge: Hilton R Miller
4/13/2018 6:36:41 AM



Not a good judge, didn't listen. he had his mind made up before we started... just plain rude


Judge: Dina R Loewy
2/10/2018 8:08:24 PM



Completely unfair Judge. Stacks of medical records, letters from three different doctors, report from vocational expert and this all meant nothing to this incompetent, uncaring, heartless excuse of a judge. She is there for one thing and one thing only. That is to deny your case without even looking over your documentation. She ruins peoples lives and sleeps well at night. My appeal was a joke and not only that, she made me come back a second time three months later because she was unprepared the first time. Isn't it nice to wait over two years for this nonsense. And the best was the so called medical expert who called in and was reading someone elses medical report during the MY hearing. Total incompetence on every level. I feel bad for anyone who has to sit through a hearing with this ****** woman. And don't even try to speak at your hearing you will only be lashed at and brushed off like a mosquito. Sit there silent and let her deny your case. I wish her nothing but bad luck.


Judge: David Suna
1/3/2018 8:05:24 PM



He's a kind judge and tries to be fair. Overall he was understanding of my disabilities.

thomas cianci
Judge: Dina R Loewy
11/3/2017 5:19:51 PM



Dina R. Loewy is an unprofessional, heartless ''excuse'' for a Judge! i thought Judges were supposed to ''help'' people? in her case, she is a ''career'' disability determination judge. that means a bought & paid for ''flunky'' on the otda/social security ''payroll'' who is only there to unfairly ''bump'' anyone/everyone she can & get them off the benefit program! this was proven by my unfair treatment at my disability appeal earlier this year. anytime i tried to tell my side of the story, she brushed me off telling me she was only interested in new paperwork. i was her last case of the day [her other went overtime] & she wanted to get out of there & gave me the bums rush! 7 months later, my disability benefits have ceased entirely without a grace period/safety net. i am literally out in the cold because of her negligence. she has ruined my entire way of life. i hope something terrible befalls this witch so she knows how it feels to suffer! i hope her membership card in the human race gets revoked!


Judge: Kevin Kenneally
9/28/2017 6:33:45 AM



He's a nice Judge and professional! He listens to what you say and I really think he's fair.

Antonio
Judge: Hilton R Miller
8/13/2017 4:17:42 PM



Judge Miller was very respectful and understanding. I thank him for his patience as well.

Teresa
Judge: Sheila Walters
7/31/2017 11:57:45 AM



My pleasure having Judge Walters as my Judge. She was kind and courteous. Didn't ask to much because she had over 3000 pages she had read over. Haha sorry about that got a hard life given to me. Very appreciative to have met you. Keep Up the hospitality. Have a great year.


Judge: Hilton R Miller
4/18/2017 5:49:37 PM



Very rude Judge, interrupts you nonstop and doesn't let you finish answering his questions. I felt he didn't listen to me at all and was very unfair and ignored chunks of the medical evidence as well.


Judge: David Suna
3/7/2017 7:54:19 PM



how is this judge?

R.Mack
Judge: Lisa Hibner
2/15/2017 5:25:11 PM



Attended my hearing on2/14/17 judge lisa hibner heard my case, 2 thumbs up was treated with respect plus she was very upbeat sincere. I was on my medication which i think she realized and made me feel very comfortable despite my personal issues i wish her the best.....

Bernice Smith
Judge: Eric W Borda
12/4/2016 4:27:23 PM



my son's case was heard on Oct 6,2016, I am very anixious for him, he has had problems, is a long story, the only thing I kind'a have a problem with is the waiting period to be notified if they were approved or not. I am sure, the court / judges are somewhat aware how much stress and emotional roller coaster these people are experincing and their families. I pray every day for my son to at least hear the findings of the court. I am sure the Judhe will take all the evidence presented at the hearing into consideration in his decision, I just don't know how much more stress, pain and mental my son can endure, I pray the findings will come soon. Sincerely yours. Bernice Smith (919-773-7773) (mother of Kenneth Joshua Oakes)


Judge: Bernadette Freeman
11/4/2016 8:26:17 AM



What mess she is. This one denied me why i don't know when all the evidence was right in front of her how can this slob sleep at night.


Judge: Hilton R Miller
8/9/2016 9:38:06 AM



Agree, Judge is a jerk and unfair


Judge: Hilton R Miller
6/27/2016 11:23:35 AM






Judge: Hilton R Miller
6/9/2016 12:34:30 PM



Not a good judge, just plain rude

silent warrior
Judge: Michael J Stacchini
12/11/2015 12:10:47 PM



Pray you don't get this one. That's all I'm saying.

V Butts
Judge: Mark Sochaczewsky
10/21/2015 9:01:01 AM



You were a very patient with my son that has adhd and other issues. We appeared to you from Jamestown New York court room via satellite in 2009. You denied the fee of the legal aid because basically you relax if they were taking advantage of low incom people . Well my son was reviewed and a few months later approved again in 2015. I can't find anyone to help me. Now 6 years later not from this case but from the decision made in 2009 social security is giving my sons back pay from the new case to them. Can you please direct me in th way I should go

Z
Judge: Eric W Borda
8/10/2015 6:01:31 AM



I understand individuals are often disappointed by unfavorable outcomes. There is no way ALJ Borda denied a case because the claimant was black. If your mother were represented by a lawyer (even a black lawyer) that has appeared before him they would tell you there's no way he would deny a case because of the claimant's race.


Judge: Eric W Borda
7/21/2015 6:59:48 AM



eric borda is a racist! He sent my mother to 2 exams and both said she needed help medically, that it was extreme. He/she whatever he is sent her a denial letter. God has favored her, so this fake crooked being decision doesn't matter. I hope you do read this page. YOU denied my mother because she was black, did not have a lawyer, and did not want to pay her the back pay. That's why she didn't get a lawyer because you thought she was going to split the cost with your redneck friends. GO BACK TO JERSEY FAGOT! You are not gonna pull that crap off down here in the south. You knew my mother case was strong. You denied her because she was a BLACK, AFRICAN QUEEN and you could not take it. I know you can't live with yourself, you are a unprofessional, crooked liar. I hope someone opens up my record and see that you are a LIAR!!! Your mother and father failed and so did you! The ve fake, tacky expert julie sawyer the hell with her and the ugly court writer. GOD IS THE JUDGE and I AM FAVOR!!!!!

Susan Halls
Judge: Michael J Stacchini
3/16/2015 11:05:33 AM



I have no problem giving my name to this comment .. I went up in front of Judge Stacchini Jan 9th.. I found him to be a fair and honest person even though he denied my benefits ... I have read and read over his decision and it seems that he really was not educated in my disease ... I feel that he thinks I was lying under oath ... I would not do that ,,, he also said that there was no listing for Fibromyalgia when a listing was added July 2012. I do not blame this or take it personal as he is one man trying to make the right decisions as best he knows .. But I do feel he twisted my words against me . I would like to ask why would I fake the pain I live with all day and every day ... why would I give up a job that I was paid $25 per hour and my social life which was to rescue and train service dogs and search and rescue to just lay in bed all day in pain ? As a single parent of a schizophrenic son I would give anything to have my life back now all I see is darkness ... I worked for doctors and they wrote a letter but he never brought that up ..I have spent all my life savings paying the rent and bills for over a year if I could work why would I just spent my savings ? Last night my son took his meds and went to bed I got up to go to the bathroom when yet again my legs gave out I was on the floor for almost an hour before my service dog ( that I trained for others but when I got sick kept him for me ) could wake my son up to come and pick me up and carry me to bed ... I cried for hours feeling so helpless I will appeal but I feel that by that time I will be homeless as I am late on rent and about to have my utilities cut I pray every day for God to take me but I have to be here for my son I am all he has ... Again this is not an attack on Judge Michael as I said before he was a very nice man trying to do the best job he can i just wanted to let him know that I do not resent him just the system and maybe myself for trying to be so tough and not go the route of pain management I will not take oxy anything as I have seen first hand people becoming addicted and that is not for me ... one last thing when I was in so much pain I said to the doctor I just want to see my mum s no matter how old we are when we hurt I want my mother .


Judge: Eric W Borda
6/12/2014 1:41:45 PM



ALJ Borda will be leaving this ODAR for another one. I will miss him. As an attorney, it has been a pleasure doing hearings before this excellent judge.


Judge: Sheila Walters
4/16/2013 5:33:01 PM



Pleasant to deal with. Willing to listen to a case, without advocating for Social Security. treats claimants like people


Judge: Eric W Borda
4/2/2013 7:58:34 PM



Hope I have this Timothy Mallory and o Grady was too mean

harris
Judge: Jack Russak
3/9/2013 8:11:38 PM



Great and fair


Judge: Barry L Williams
1/4/2013 3:14:34 PM



Lots of questions does not tolerate substance abuse I havent got my decision yet but I hope to get a decision soon good luvk evrrybody

Sarina M. Franchina
Judge: Hilton R Miller
12/2/2012 6:18:31 AM



I appreciate the work Judge Miller has done for this state. Thank you.


Judge: Sheena Barr
7/12/2012 1:15:25 PM



Very kind, very nice!


Judge: Moises Penalver
7/12/2012 1:08:04 PM



Very kind, very nice