Albany, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Albany, New York, 13 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Albany, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Albany is 555 days.The Albany average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 48%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Albany ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Albany 13 16.0 months 555 days 2.2 16% 48% 35%
New York18.5 months617 days2.023%47%30%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Robert Horton
Judge: Tammy Georgian
12/15/2019 6:19:36 AM

Thank God we have a judge who uses common sense! In order to receive disability benefits you should be TOTALLY disabled. Too many people are gaming the system. I wish we had more like her.

Thomas Alfred McDonald
Judge: Andrew J. Soltes
11/9/2019 1:19:02 PM

Judge Soltes , I just received your letter , sI just do not understand what it means , did deny me because my Representitive was hired by Premier Disability . They were the only disability office that would help me , so are you telling ME that I owe that Rep & / or Premier Disability , & Denying my that I Desperately NEED , I Feel MY BODY Getting WORSE The MS is WEAKING ME , I owe them Instead SSA giving ME MY Benifits . Please Call My Number so we chat about this . Sincerely Thomas A McDonald .

Luz N Orozco Sancez
Judge: David F Neumann
8/20/2019 3:24:14 PM

My identity was stolen i no longer recieve my ssd benefits. Do not know why, when i was recieving it for 10 yrs what can i do this happened in september of 2014 to date and do not know what to do. I am worst than before with more ailments. Can some one contact me plse asap. Thank u greatly appreciated luz n orozco sanchez D.O.B: 10/21/1971 some one made the mistake in the system and i am now paying for their mistake

Judge: Tammy Georgian
8/15/2019 3:43:04 PM

This judge is bias and should not be in pratice with a verdict from job experts saying no work available how the heck is someone to live. I’m not done with this case. Hella gate has opened.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
7/17/2019 6:38:10 AM

I received a negative opinion from this judge. She was never supposed to be there, as Social Security was supposed to provide a face to face hearing, not a video hearing. She asked me no questions regarding my disability beyond the questions asked on the form given my attorney. She overruled my doctors, Social Security's own doctors who tested me, and did not even admit that my doctors had repeatedly disabled me and the ER doctor who treated me for my last seizure (which could only be stopped through administering medication through an IV) had notified the DMV of SC that I was no longer to drive because of the severity of my seizures. She spent a lot of time mentioning my weight, which I gained from doctors treating me with steroids. She also claimed I had refused steroid treatment, not noting they were causing extensive weight gain each time the doctors had given me steroids along with severe mood swings. She completely ignored that my feet are deformed due to post-stroke complications and that I cannot stand long without pain, and it is painful to walk due to my feet. I took the medical collar off so the doctors could test how far I could turn my head. They cannot do the test without my removing it. She failed to note my vision grays out completely when I turn my head, and turning my head immediately causes agonizing pain in my head. I had a seizure while she was questioning me, my words slurring and it was obvious I was having trouble forming words. This she also ignored. She came running into the video, threw on a robe, and looked at me through the screen as if she hated me on sight. I knew her decision would be no before I even received it. She is the coldest person I ever dealt with, and in my opinion, should not be allowed to judge disability claims. She seems to have an agenda, and is following it irregardless of evidence supporting her denials of benefits. If she had checked records more closely, she would have found out I have had multiple surgeries on both eyes that have not resolved my glaucoma. She had records that showed I have almost no peripheral vision and have lost vision in all four quadrants in both eyes. She not only overlooked my doctors' disabling me, social security doctors statements regarding my inability to work, but also failed to do due diligence in checking my own records herself. I doubt she has a medical background, and is not competent to overrule treating doctors or Social Security's doctors. She also made allegations saying I was not completely honest about my disabilities. She left out many of my medical problems from her decision. I found her review of my medical records dishonest and incomplete.

Judge: Charlie M Johnson
10/25/2018 5:34:54 AM

Biased ****....

Judge: Tom Duann
9/27/2018 4:07:22 PM

This judge is very respectful and listened very patiently.....he allowed me to add more information regarding my case. I didn't notice any negative behavior.

Judge: Brian LeCours
10/24/2017 6:16:38 PM

He was and ok Judge. It’s been 3 months and no decision yet. Very nerve wracking. Overall he was nice and let my attorney ask me questions.

Judge: Brian LeCours
7/25/2017 9:34:23 AM

Decision was definitely made prior to my hearing as it was listed as made the day after my hearing. All medical evidence provided, without a doubt proved my claim. Vocational expert essentially said I was unemployable. Questioned notes in my medical records several times and twisted the answer around to make it seem I was a liar. Unfavorable decision listed a myriad of reasons for the denial including dates, physical statements, and other such information seemingly made up out of thin air. Causing intense friction between myself and medical providers as I believed what he said was true. Now I am an unemployed disabled mother without benefits or the ability to care for my child or take care of myself.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
6/20/2017 1:24:13 PM

Finally I got a overturned decision by this horrible judge. I suffer from PTSD and have a lower left foot amputation. She deemed that I could work long I did not stand or sit for linger than hour of and on through a 8 hour shift. Moreover; se stated that my Veteran Affairs doctors was lying about the severity of my conditions. She stated that because the veterans affairs doctors was a separate division and those doctors cared no weight when it come to a Residential Function Capacity nor could the evaluate my daily living. I am a 100% Permanent and Total Disabled War Veteran. Here's the kicker Voc. Rehab guy went along with her. Following the hearing he congratulated me of my service and stated that he was in the Bay Of Pigs campaign. I was so angry I became tearful. Judge Tammy Georgian, question all of my military health record's even though 5 different Dr.'s state disability's. She diagnosed me herself as norsicistic and now I am even more suicidal. She need to be disbarred

Judge: Dale Black-Pennington
11/10/2016 4:26:47 PM

I found her to be very compassionate and understanding, I had my hearing in mid August and still haven't heard anything about the results of my case. I am not liking this waiting game.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
9/10/2016 9:00:27 AM

THIS JUDGE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED! I'm 57 years old, worked for 37 years in retail sales. I have lymphoma cancer, severe arthritis, bad back, hip replacement, CKD (result of pain medication) . I cannot stand for hours as necessary in my job because of back/joint arthritis and constant pain. Driving to work is challenging, I have a 40 minute commute. Yet this judge was more concerned in my appearance and how I traveled to the hearing (my daughter drove me, I dressed professional as I always have) Questions suggested I could "find a way to sit" or "transferring" to a backroom job. I was denied. My attorney was flabbergasted as I am. Now I see why. The highest denial rate for a relatively new judge earning pay in the upper 10% of SSA. This is a sham! Her high pay must be tied to her high denial rate. A disgrace to disabled workers and to judges!!!

Judge: Dale Black-Pennington
7/25/2016 3:36:10 AM

I found her to be professional and patient. I do not have my decision yet but I know it takes a little while. Hearing date 7/20/2016.

Judge: Arthur Patane
4/27/2016 11:12:31 PM

i had my fair hearing on 4/15/16 with judge Arthur Patane the judge was very professional and allowed me to voice my say about why i should recieve ssi ssd benefits i was honest with the judge and he ruled in my favor on 4/26/16 to be approved under the ssi ssd laws as my fair hearing ended he wish me well , and said good luck to me which is very kind to do again thanks judge Arthur Patane for everything

Jimmy Come Lightly
Judge: Tammy Georgian
3/16/2016 8:36:07 PM

Why is this judge here? She heard my case December 16, 2015 and denied it also. I have nothing mean to say about her, but I know my body and what I can and cannot do and at this point I am 57 years of age. I was working towards my retirement and had a tumor found on my spinal cord. The removal of the tumor cause me more problems than before it was removed, but for her to make a decision on me being able to hold down a job when I take pain meds four times a day. I found it hard to stand at my sink to wash dishes, or cook. I can't stand cold weather or the air conditioner. She asked how I could be at my hearing and that how I looked. Well what did she want me to do come as I looked when I got out of bed? Really, but looking at these status and this just is just amazing. How do they sleep at night? Do they serve a God and how do they do it. I will not give up and just keep on doing what is required of me by the state of SC. I will be 62 in 5 more years. Will they deny me for the next five year I have heard so people say they have tried for a total of 9 years to get disability? What kind of system is this?

Judge: Mary Sparks
12/4/2015 10:25:51 AM

I have not gotten approved at this point but I felt compelled to write that Judge Mary Sparks was compassionate and patient as well as understanding. I think, whether approved or not, this judge is one in a million and Social Security is fortunate to have her as well as the people that come before her for judgement. Wonderful person indeed. Thank you your honor for being such a humanitarian.

Judge: Brian LeCours
12/2/2015 2:48:37 PM

I thought he was kind, direct and to the point. I feel like I may not have provided all information to him that I wanted to. But overall I was content and don't honk someone else would have been better

Kurt nous
Judge: Carl E Stephan
11/10/2015 11:30:25 AM

Far from, on a power trip

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

Judge: Tammy Georgian
5/29/2015 12:02:12 PM

She has the highest denial rate of all the judges 69% as of 5/11. Something's not right about that. Is it because she's new? That needs to be looked into.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
5/29/2015 11:41:25 AM

I just thought I would have yo say something about my case. It is just so hard to believe that this judge would denied my case. I have s disease that is not visible to the human eye. When you a disease that's destroying your muscle,that is slow moving and people don't take the time to research and learn about a dfiseade that there is no cure for nor a treatment to make it better. I just don't understand this. I feel the dedesion is wrong.I have worked all my life and just couldn't do it anymore because of all the pains I have on a daily bases. I don't know what it is yo have a good day pain free. Its no right, but who am I .I wonder what purpose am I serving by living everyday.

Judge: Michelle S Marcus
5/22/2015 3:49:14 PM

Judge: Michelle S Marcus For more than half my life, I have had to fight to prove this disease, not to my doctors, but to family and friends and people who just don't have a clue. TMJ is not a common disease/disability - still so very much unknown about it which is a crime in itself, as so many people have it and so many don't know how debilitating and devastating it is to the individual suffering, their family, their co-workers and friends. I am so grateful and thankful that I was tried before a compassionate and understanding but more than that, knowledgeable judge that sees this disease as it truly is.

Judge: Arthur Patane
4/8/2015 4:47:23 PM

I went before Judge Patane regarding my SS claim. I was injured a few years ago and have had several doctors including my employers IME rule in my favor saying that I am permanently disabled. I can no longer work at my job and was terminated because of it. Despite having sent the judge over 200 documents including some from my employer I was given a hearing and essentially called a liar. My attorney could not make the hearing and I wasn't granted an adjournment. Judge Patane was rude and condescending, questioning why I couldn't still do my job. Maybe its because my employer got rid of me. I have been working with NYS employment agencies and they can't find me work within my disability but Judge Patane knows better. I had sent him all the records of this including my evaluations from NYS Vesid with them saying I will not be able to work unless its within my disability and how hard that would be. But instead he chose to be rude and give me a hard time.

Judge: Terence Farrell
9/13/2014 9:58:04 AM

got good results with judge Farrell was a very kind and understanding, respectful judge thank you judge Farrell.

Judge: David F Neumann
8/17/2014 11:17:38 AM

I have a court date on the 8/20/2014 I hope I do good I'm nervous.

Bernie Shapiro
Judge: Robert Wright
7/22/2014 7:58:41 PM

True New York Gentleman, great dedicated lawyer, true jurist, whose intention and drive is to do the right thing. Over the long haul, this Judge has demonstrated that he is dutibound, consistent, fair, realistic and intuitive. This is the quality ALJ that the SSA needs to seek and be sure to have appointed. He properly demands that the attorney have a command of the case facts and be ready to present the case effectively, efficiently and politely, and he deserves the respect of having his expectation met every time. If the case deserves to win, it will win, and if it doesn't immediately appear to be a "winner," he's willing to listen to the presentation and be impressed by evidence. And if the case isn't proven, he'll do the right thing there, and deny.

Gerald Major
Judge: David F Neumann
6/26/2014 8:50:28 AM

Great and fair but firm judge! Very knowledgeable and fair but firm. Good man and Judge.

Judge: Arthur Patane
6/12/2013 11:25:54 AM

2009 I went through weeks of paperwork, phone interviews, appeals about being over resources. SS could not comprehend that my check register (money available) was always much lower than bank statements because I charge everything on credit cards to float the money for 3+ weeks cycle. I'm on automatic payments scheduled after the first week of the month when the checks come in, that money is committed to the payee, I can't use it for anything else. The Judge's phone call was fast, pleasant, courteous and efficient, he got it, and absolved me completely.

Judge: John G Farrell
4/24/2013 11:24:04 AM

Judge Farrell was very fair. I was expecting him to be intimidating. He made me feel very comfortable. After a 5yr process; I am glad it is over finally. Now just awaiting back payment.

Judge: Carl E Stephan
2/21/2013 8:47:25 AM

A good man and fair judge

Judge: Brian LeCours
1/30/2013 7:38:11 PM

Very dismissive! Rude and harsh. His mind is made up before the hearing.

Judge: John J Pickett
9/25/2012 8:52:33 AM

I have appeared before Judge Pickett on several occasions. He is second to no one in terms of intellect, judicial demeanor, and kindness. My main problem with Judge Pickett is that when I am in his presence, I have difficulty concentrating. He is so handsome,sexy and charming that I can barely keep my eyes off him to deal with my claimant. This has caused me difficulties, and while I always hope he is the judge before whom I will appear, I also hope that it is one of the other judges so that I can concentrat on something beside him.

Judge: Michelle S Marcus
9/24/2012 11:07:48 PM

Didnt give much weight to their own Doctor. Denied me. Said i wasnt in therapy( which i am ). No VE at hearing.

Judge: Carl E Stephan
7/31/2012 1:35:47 PM

Judge: Mary Sparks
7/5/2012 12:54:14 AM

Absolutely first rate and cpoper-bottomed, gentlemen!

Judge: Tom Duann
6/13/2012 8:49:28 PM

Too inexperienced for complex theory cases....whoosh...over him but good potential.Does not appear to be listening... Too interested in filling out his forms during testimony. He is improving but I wilt when I find he is the ALJ when there are ANY issues that are not covered by the usual boilerplate type case cites. :-/

Judge: Mary Sparks
6/12/2012 10:57:55 AM

ALJ Sparks is the Greatest Judge to come through Social Security. Judge Sparks not only is compassionate but reviews the cases thoroughlly. I had an attorney who was not performing his duties and she was able to correct his action. My Attorney was able get the medical records I needed and my case was granted in my favor. Awesome Judge

Karren Bergland
Judge: Robert Wright
6/4/2012 4:44:08 AM

I have all the respect in the world for Judge Wright amd feel he has always been fair and accurate with his decisions here in the Northeast. Mu uncle Judge Steven Fleck was also a ALJ for many years, starting out in Pittsburgh and then relocating to Los Angeles.