Long Island, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Long Island, New York, 8 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Long Island, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 20.0 months. The average case processing time in Long Island is 629 days.The Long Island average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 58%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Long Island ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Long Island 8 20.0 months 629 days 2.0 24% 58% 19%
New York18.5 months617 days2.023%47%30%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Judge: April M Wexler
9/16/2019 7:12:50 AM

I'm a 42 which had me worried to begin with. I was quit pleased with Judge Wexler. She listen to what I had to say and treated me fairly. That's all that I ask. I believe she will make a fair ruling based on all the evidence.

Judge: Zachary S Weiss
1/29/2019 2:43:33 PM

Judge Weiss was firm on my lawyer, my lawyer had eight months to be ready and wasn't. They expected me to get all the paperwork they needed I suffer from chf,dialysis,swollen legs ect..

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!

Judge: Andrew S Weiss
9/4/2018 8:24:41 AM

If you are truly are disabled you this is the perfect judge for your case. Fair no nonsense and looks at all the facts. Once again if you are truly disabled judge Weiss will know

Judge: Brian J Crawley
7/27/2018 9:21:05 AM

I must say judge Cawley is a very nice and understanding gentleman he listens to you and doesn't make you nevous while answering his questions hope he is as nice as I think he is

Judge: Alan B Berkowitz
7/14/2017 12:27:18 PM

What a wonderful and understanding judge the kindness that was shown to me was unreal I cannot stress enough how kind and sympathetic and respect that he had towards me and I sincerely with all my heart thank him for that

Judge: Ronald L Waldman
7/4/2017 9:30:09 AM

i might add bringing someone's dead mother into the picture is irrelevant and dispicable but since he had no relationship with his own mother i'm sure he just couldn't relate to the bond between mother and child. he also lied about what Dr.s wrote in letters to him very disturbing. The truth will come out on appeal I'm sure. So Mr. Waldman not Judge like you prefer to be called on your high and mighty chair i know quite a bit about you as you think you know about me since we only live maybe two blocks away from one another i think you should have recused yourself from the begining bad bad judgement JUDGE!

Judge: Ronald L Waldman
7/1/2017 1:32:37 PM

wasn't that surprised considering what i heard about him. He obviously does have a dislike and hatred for people with my illness fibromyalgia even with all the documentation from multiple multiple doctors like they don't know what they are talking about. maybe not only that i have severe eye issues brain atropy with possible stoke severe anxiety unable to eat because of him most likely my digestive doctor has informed me or because of fibro or nerves maybe all three. this has deeply affected my family as they watch me suffer with this having to go through test after test all the time that i can't even pay for and i hope he lives with making a bad decision for the rest of his life. If you have fibro just stay away from him he is nasty, sarcastic, and has no feelings for other people just remember he works for government making his 200 thousand or more a year not you.

Judge: Ronald L Waldman
7/1/2017 9:05:38 AM

avoid him if you don't want to become sicker

Judge: Andrew S Weiss
4/10/2017 10:41:42 AM

I have not met Judge Weiss yet. I am just praying he is fair because, my case has been going on for too many years ! I wish it comes up that I was on ssi long before my husband died!!

Judge: David Tobias
4/5/2017 7:33:13 PM

I just went before judge Tobias yesterday 4/4/17 and he seemed fair and asked all questions due to my medical records from multiple doctors. I did not think the vocational testimony from the woman was correct or fair and there were so many questions and answers I wanted to answer her but couldn't I am awaiting my decision from the judge and feel with over 800 pages of medical evidence and the medicine I take dayialy that I could be denied I can not work I just hope and pray that the judge can see that it's a horible thing being this sick at my age but it's all genetic and holes in my heart from birth and the nurological problems and breathing asthma with machines to sleep at night wich don't even work I can never work a full or part time job I would be absent more then 20% easily and would get fired in an instant. Please your honor I am in horrible health and had to move in with my parents as a single dad and haven't worked since 2010 before that I was a workaholic I can't even walk or play with my son and that breaks my heart. I wish I can be 100% healthy my life would be a billion times easier and better and funner. So I feel this judge will decide on proof and evedance so for that reason I think he was a nice judge who will do his job. Thank you for letting me comment

Judge: Alan B Berkowitz
12/6/2016 10:59:07 AM

I personally found Judge Berkowitz to be a much needed breath of fresh air from the system; with regard to his attentiveness to medical information and details in general as well as commanding a strong, knowledgeable and fair appearance as a presiding judge. I waited over 2 years for the hearing; and have not yet received his ruling. But unless there are some political behind the scenes directives that I am not aware of; I anticipate a fair ruling to be handed down. Regardless of his decision; I have no obvious or apparent reason to feel as if I, or my attorney[s], were treated with anything but serious, professional, and fair consideration of our case facts by the Judge.

Judge: Alan B Berkowitz
7/19/2016 10:42:03 AM

Judge Berkowitz was totally fair to me at my hearing , he listened to my testimony and based his decision on the MEDICAL EVIDENCE , if you are truly disabled you have nothing to worry about , if your trying to get a free ride he will sniff you out , please don't milk the system if your able to work , SSDI is for the people like me who can't work anymore, thanks to Mr. Berkowitz . ALJ

Judge: Brian J Crawley
7/18/2016 5:30:08 AM

I have yet to receive a decision, and regardless of the outcome, I still feel a 5 star rating justified. Why? Judge Crawley puts you at ease with his calm demeanor, in what is a very stressful situation for the applicant. It was also very apparent Judge Crawley read, and was well versed on all the particulars of the case in advance. His questions were logical, and on point, and guided to make a specific, well informed decision.

susan lane
Judge: Alan B Berkowitz
11/25/2015 8:54:12 PM

If you have serious epilepsy and can not drive or be on a computer for more than 20 minutes at a time w/0 a seizure. Not to mention other serious ailments. How can they deny you. After you've come so far...what is their reasoning...that at 50 + years old you can start all over.... I have stenosis Seizures Grand mal and simple partial A messed up thyroid IBS that I know doesn't matter but it's debilitating and an anxiety disorder that goes back 30 years.... I also have endometriosis which they don't care about either....One of those male judges should try dealing with it for a month and then see if he cares. I have been denied twice...What am I doing wrong this is my last chance.

Judge: Joseph R Faraguna
7/8/2015 5:02:07 PM

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
2/28/2015 8:35:37 PM

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
6/29/2014 4:46:24 AM

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

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

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

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

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
4/1/2014 11:11:03 AM

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
2/6/2014 11:58:54 AM

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
1/17/2014 2:31:14 PM

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
8/16/2013 10:43:53 AM

The 5-star rating says it all!

Judge: Jay L Cohen
6/27/2013 1:41:28 PM

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.

Vic Fusco
Judge: Bruce MacDougall
6/27/2013 1:29:38 PM

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
6/26/2013 5:55:03 PM

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"

Jeffrey W. Boyle
Judge: Scott C Firestone
4/15/2013 8:49:47 AM

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

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

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
4/2/2013 10:41:24 PM

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.

Jason Rosario
Judge: Scott C Firestone
4/2/2013 11:27:42 AM

You R O C K in the USA!

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

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
1/28/2013 5:37:43 PM

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.

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

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
1/5/2013 6:11:26 PM

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
7/27/2012 6:33:19 PM

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
6/13/2012 1:07:48 PM

This judge is extremely fair even when he does not find on your behalf.

Judge: Zachary S Weiss
3/20/2012 4:55:41 AM

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.