Syracuse, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Syracuse, New York, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Syracuse, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 22.0 months. The average case processing time in Syracuse is 622 days.The Syracuse average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 42%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Syracuse ODAR office was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Syracuse 10 22.0 months 622 days 2.4 26% 42% 32%
New York21.8 months700 days1.922%48%30%
National Average:17.3 months577 days1.921%43%36%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

LATEST COMMENTS         to leave your own comment, select a judge from the list above and leave a comment on that judge's page

Judge: John M Lischak
9/20/2018 2:06:52 PM

Thank you for being fair & understanding. You were very diligent. Although it took 3 years it was worth the wait. My best regards Sir.

Judge: Jennifer G Smith
5/17/2018 11:19:55 PM

Extra displeased with this judge. She has denied me twice, and after my appeal hearing this afternoon, I think she is going to deny me again. I have already lost so much, and this judge has my life, in her hands. My fate will be decided by her. She's cold, and you can tell that the claimants are just numbers to her. She called in an out-of-state, retired cardiologist, who has never met me, and said that he didnt have enough information, to give testimony. Apparently my primary doctor, and the opinions of the five cardiologists that I have already seen, do not matter to her. I dont have any fight left in me. If i get denied, that's it. I cant take the depression, and living off of the $151/Mont that DSS is allowed to give me.

Julia Moore
Judge: John M Lischak
4/26/2018 6:33:51 AM

How many weeks does it take after the hearing to hear your approved or not. I had judge lischak and he was very polite

Tracy R
Judge: John M Lischak
10/7/2017 11:00:38 PM

Im waiting on a hearing now. I hope I have you. I spent 4 yrs on my 1st case w/o an attorney & now I'm starting all over again. This has been the most dragged out, stressful situation in my whole life.

Judge: Bruce S Fein
8/22/2017 8:27:33 PM

Very nice made me feel comfortable even tho I dont know if I won or not he did listen and I wasnt rushed and was able to ask questions

Judge: John M Lischak
12/19/2016 3:25:39 AM

Thank you so much for a fullyfavorable..this has been a long battle for me..very nice judge.. Happy holidays..

Judge: John P Ramos
9/2/2015 8:24:09 AM

Thanks for nothing. Do not expect an approval from this judge.

Robert L. Wilkins
Judge: Robert E Gale
6/9/2015 7:33:00 PM

My experience was nerve racking and I wish I hadn't forgot so many small details of my case when I was asked to verbalize it for him in order of importance 1 being most important and so on down the line. I forgot to mention my sleep apnea altogether or the complications from it as it was way down the mental list and probably should of been much higher. I believe he was as thorough as can be when trying to gather information in a 90 to 100 minute meeting that so much information is being exchanged. My only hope is that the ALJ or Judge R. Gale thoroughly read my 4-5 inch thick paper file either before or after the hearing. Whatever the outcome I will not blame or be angry at a negative outcome as I thought he did what was asked of him protect SS from fraud and provide fair service to those that are truly in need of their benefits at a time other than their normal retirement age. Thank You Bob

Beverly Klein-Manchester
Judge: Marie Greener
4/24/2015 6:15:38 AM

Dear Judge Marie Greener, You have been handling my disability case. My health and pain levels have gotten extremely worse over the last year. I have seen specialist who is performing surgical procedures on my back and will be seeing A Chief Neurosurgeon on June 4, 2015 because all cartilage and facet membranes are gone causing bone on bone movements not only in my back, but now shoulders, knees and ankles. My next hearing is to be scheduled 3 months to 2 years. I have no income and will get to the point that I can not go see specialists I need to see because I owe them all bills. I wish and I am pleading for a quick hearing. My life and health depends on this. Thank you Beverly Klein-Manchester

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
3/8/2015 4:37:48 PM

Plan on a coin flip with this one!

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
3/4/2015 10:08:21 AM

Discarded a medically documented basket full of evidence and replaced it with a decision that is flawed with fiction about the claimant.Thank God for the Appeals Council,as it reviews the decisions made by the lower level decision maker.

Judge: Jennifer G Smith
2/4/2015 2:03:22 PM

Very displeased with this Judge. I Her cross examination was very cold and unfair. I could tell mid-way through my hearing what her decision was by questions she was asking and her clear dismissal of my medical history and the information provided to her. My fate was left in her hands and now I am going to lose everything I own because Judge Jennifer Gale Smith (who isn't a doctor) says I am NOT disabled. Thanks for nothing!

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
1/7/2015 10:19:56 AM

Inappropriately dismissed evidence and relied on inane conclusions to support a finding of "not disabled", So Professional!!!

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
1/3/2015 3:17:11 PM

Unfortunately for the claimant,the alj can arranged and/or interperat data in several ways

Judge: John P Ramos
9/12/2014 1:38:16 PM

Judge: John M Lischak
5/4/2014 1:12:50 PM

Fair, honest and not intimidating.... Although I haven't received a decision yet...I trust your character and judgement as well as my attorney's hard work....praying you will find fully favorable...your statistics show you are not trying to find what is favorable for SSA but what is true and fair for the cases you hear.

Judge: John M Lischak
5/4/2014 1:04:44 PM

Waiting for a decision...7 weeks and counting... I hope you are enjoying vacation in deserve the break for how much you work and the stress of your decisions and backlog you work under...I only pray your decision in my case considers my true disabilities and inability to be the person I was just a few short years ago...I NEED a favorable decision... Lord knows I would go back to work if my body would tolerate it :( I just need to be able to care for my children and help my husband bear the financial responsibility of our home until I am well enough to return to work...which I am praying will happen sooner than later...

Juanita boyette
Judge: John M Lischak
4/28/2014 1:16:55 PM

I wish I had u for my case ur a great judge I wish I had u for my son case lord Help us all. In this time of crisis God know Wat I'm going threw.

Judge: Edward I Pitts
3/18/2014 9:58:44 AM

From what I know of Mr. Pitts he is a very kind honest man

Judge: Robert E Gale
3/14/2014 4:57:30 PM

Judge Robert E Gale thank you and Maria sooooo much for helping me and my baby I can't thank you guys enough, God bless you and again thank you.

Judge: Robert E Gale
9/23/2013 11:57:10 PM

He was fair and honest. Listened to what was said at hearing and obviously read through medical records to come to his decision. He seemed to be very thorough.

Judge: Robert E Gale
1/27/2013 8:26:15 PM

He was honest and fair in making a decision.

myfanwy evan mattes
Judge: Edward I Pitts
1/10/2013 12:49:07 PM

he lied. insinuating that I did not appear to be heard when I did. claiming that i double reported an earnings statement from a taxi dispatch company when i did not. in fact, attacking my credibility in such a classic manner, well, me thinks he doth protest too much.

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
6/25/2012 7:35:21 AM

Please see the following link to a decision that was overturned:

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
6/25/2012 7:34:46 AM

Judge: John M Lischak
6/22/2012 4:19:55 PM

Judge: Elizabeth W Koennecke
5/15/2012 6:24:04 AM

Again, this site does not calculate percentage of cases determined on the merits, which is the only meaningful number for assessing how a citizen's fate may lie with a particular ALJ. In this case, there 97+134= 231 determinations on the merits. Of those, only 97 were favorable (fully or partially? Astringent ALJ can be cheap even when approving a citizen's claim.) So, 97/231= 42% approval rate, and 58% denial rate. The numbers presented on this site start with SSA data, and then misrepresent the actual chances a citizen has in front of a particular ALJ. A simple spreadsheet with a formula embedded would provide the more useful numbers with almost no effort on the part of the site administrators. By, an experienced advocate with decades of experience in front of scores of ALJs.

Judge: Barry E Ryan
5/15/2012 6:12:55 AM

The statistic cited utilizes defective logic. The dismissals are not determinations on the merits. They are usually cases where there was a late filing, and a large number such as here usually indicates that the ALJ was tasked with reviewing a large number of such files. For cases on the merits, there were 93+69=162. 93 of 162 were approved. Ergo, 54% approval rate. If this site is going to present data, it should not be presented in a misleading manner, such it is indeed here. Get your facts straight. By, an experienced advocate who has appeared in front of scores of ALJs for decades.