Ruchie Freier has won the Democratic primary in a race for a vacant civil court seat in Boro Park’s 5th district, Matzav.com has learned.
Freier was challenged by two candidates, Mordechai Avigdor and Jill Epstein.
The candidates were vying to replace Judge Noach Dear, who last year won a seat on a state court.
Freier becomes the first Chassidishe female judge in New York State Supreme Court history.
According to results coming in this evening, Freier garnered about 41 percent of the vote. Epstein got a little over 35 percent, while Avigdor captured a paltry 23 percent.
Freier is an attorney licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, with some 30 years of experience in the legal field and profession.
Ruchie began as a legal secretary, then paralegal and then continued on to college and law school, while raising her 6 children. She currently practices commercial and residential estate law. Ruchie maintains offices in Brooklyn and in Monroe, NY. She shares office space with her husband and children, who together run a family-based real estate business.
Ruchie was a community board member in Borough Park and founded an all-female volunteer EMT agency known as Ezras Nashim. Ruchie became an EMT in 2012 and is now a licensed NYS Paramedic.
Ruchie is a volunteer attorney in the NYC Family Court Attorney Volunteer Program and is a member of various Bar organizations including the NYS Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law.
After graduating Bais Yaakov High School, she worked as a legal secretary and then paralegal while her husband learned in kollel. Subsequently, as her family grew, she earned her BA at Touro College, where she majored in Political Science and directed the Women’s Pre-law Society. She graduated Touro College and then began Brooklyn Law School’s part time program.
After graduating law school, Ruchie founded Chasdei Devorah, Inc., a non profit charity, in memory of her friend who passed away at a young age. Thereafter, she formed B’Derech, a grassroots non profit organization advocating for education and opportunity for adolescents in the Chassidic Community. During her time as a paralegal and while in college and law school, Ruchie interned for elected officials, including then-NYS Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.