Syracuse, New York ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Syracuse, New York, 11 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 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Syracuse is 552 days.The Syracuse average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 39%. 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 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Syracuse 11 17.0 months 552 days 2.2 25% 39% 36%
New York18.5 months617 days2.023%47%30%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Celeste M Redic
Judge: Michael W Devlin
2/21/2020 8:49:09 PM

I am very thankful for Judge Micheal W Devlin. He listened to my case and truly understood how my illness adversely affected my life. He understood what becoming sick had made my life a living hell. He had compassion for me God bless him for that. His decision will allow me hold my head up again and not be ashamed because I'm sick

Judge: Jennifer G Smith
1/25/2020 4:37:09 PM

Thanks for nothing judge Jennifer Smith!!! Waiting almost 3 years including waited for you to take your holiday vacation while I (we) all suffer and leave my life solely in your hands yet you can’t see the facts and the suffering. I caught you rolling your eyes at my hearing. Real nice human being!! Ugh. I’m suffering for years and I proved that in person and in writing yet now I still have to put my life (and the people in my life) on hold for another how many months/years to still fight for my disability. I haven’t breathed since I first applied. Almost 3 years later and I still won’t be able to breath. My life is over thanks to you. I now lose everything including my home. I now will will be homeless because of you!!! I have no idea how you live with yourself. As long as your able to feed yourself And your family and have a roof over your head is all that matters! Thanks for absolutely nothing!!!!! With the little life I have inside of me I will fight till the end with this disability that I’m entitled to!!! I will get it as long as you stay tf away from me!!!

Judge: Jennifer G Smith
10/29/2019 1:36:15 PM

This judge is a terrible judge and a terrible human being. She clearly does not read the medical evidence in the file and simply reads the initial Social Security Reports and decides that information, taken years before without a complete picture of the medical evidence, is gospel. She puts so much stock in "opinion evidence" from DDS at the beginning of the case, yet puts no stock in the medical evidence in the file, which is the substantive evidence. I can only assume that the reason she puts so much stock in the initial Social Security reports is that she could not be bothered with reading the medical evidence. Allegedly, this judge practiced Social Security Disability law. I find this hard to believe, given that she ignores the medical evidence in the file. She also interrupts claimant's subjective testimony and says "well that's not in the medical evidence." Well, judge, this is the claimant's personal testimony, it is unlikely that what the claimant says will be in the medical evidence word for word. Beware if you get this judge. You will not receive a fair hearing or due process.

Edwin J Nieves Torres
Judge: Robyn L Hoffman
8/13/2019 8:10:23 PM

Thank you for listening to me. Honorable Judge Robyn Hoffman. I don't know which decision she will make but she was very attentive to me. I have been fighting for my mental and physical conditions for years and I only wish to have peace ... I have grown tired of crying only between pains and bad thoughts but it is part of this whole life process that remains only that ...

Judge: Gretchen M Greisler
7/27/2019 2:35:44 PM

my lawyer told me I have five hundred pages of medical evidence..... my doctor told me that social security never asked for any information from my doctor.... I went to court I seen Mary Gretchen judge she lied on me in my report denied my case she lie in her report and said I got shot I never got shot a day in my life..... I really think she need to go back to law school.... how you as a judge going to lie on someone and say they got shot knowing medical records can prove that I never got shot I don't know why she would put her job on the line like that but if she lied in her report about my case I'm worried about how many other people she lied about .....

Judge: Gretchen M Greisler
7/27/2019 2:30:44 PM

This lady is a big fat lie.... She need to go back to

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.