East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana, who has served as the backup judge for the Sag Harbor Village Justice Court since it was launched in 2010, is running to replace Judge Andrea Schiavoni who is not seeking another term.
Judge Rana, a native of Amagansett, who has served as an East Hampton Town justice since 2004, has been found qualified to serve as a village and town justice by the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee, she said.
She is also running for reelection in East Hampton Town and said she was proud to be cross-endorsed by the Democrats and Republicans. “It’s the first time that’s happened,” she said.
“Of the candidates, I have the most judicial experience,” she said. “I have a lot of familiarity with Sag Harbor. I was there at the inception and helped put the court in place.”
As the “acting judge,” she keeps a regular monthly calendar to handle cases Judge Schiavoni must recuse herself from and is on call for weekend arraignments.
Earlier in her career, Justice Rana worked as a foster care case worker in Westhchester County. After going to law school, she became a legal guardian, representing children, who were often the victims of abuse, in family court.
She later became an administrative judge with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and eventually the commission’s chief of staff, which put her in charge of a staff of more than 400 employees.
After getting married, Judge Rana returned to the East End and opened her own practice. When East Hampton Town Justice Roger Walker announced his retirement, she ran for and won his seat.
By Stephen J. Kotz