Judge Laura Drager

1 - does not apply the law impartially or consistently

2 - does not enforce court orders

3 - does not address conflicts of interest

4 - ignores threats of domestic violence.

Letter to
The NYS Judicial Commission
NYS Attorney General Jordan Salberg
Please remove Judge Laura Drager from the bench.

I support removing Judge Laura Drager from the bench because she:

1 - does not apply the law impartially or consistently

She fails to provide equal legal fees, including cost of experts and transcripts for the non-monied spouse, although the law is clear that there must be a level playing field. She awarded most decision-making to the father to improve his relationship with the children, although the law requires what is in the best interest of the child.

She modified my daughter's criminal order of protection from her father ex- parte with no notice. This is a man who accepted an ACD for endangering her welfare. Our daughter told the judge that she was afraid of her father, but the judge ignored her fears. The school's attorney sent a letter saying her father was banned from the school, but Judge Drager allowed him to maintain educational decision-making anyway.

She allowed our son to be sent to a boarding school out of state, saying educational decision-making overrides 50/50 physical custody. She does not require the father to provide me with information about our son, including medical information or his whereabouts. I no longer see my son despite having 50/50 physical custody.

2 - does not enforce court orders

Court orders for support and add-on are not enforced. My support is not regularly paid. Our daughter's and my medical bills are not paid, and my daughter's hearing aids have not been paid for. Our landline phone was shut off for six months and my Time Warner cable/internet is currently, shut. The judge failed to enforce the court order for home repairs, so we had no air conditioner during the hottest summer on record. I fainted and was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where I needed two bags of IV fluid.

3 - does not address conflicts of interest

My husband's attorney, Raoul Felder hired Judge Drager's law clerk Anne Peyton Bryant while we were still before the judge, and shortly after, the custody decision was issued giving him the majority of the decision-making.

4 - ignores threats of domestic violence.

My daughter told me her father threatened to break her cheekbone and whip her with a computer cord, but the judge did nothing about it. She ignored him chest-bumping me in the court hallway.

Please sign the petition to remove Judge Laura Drager. There needs to be a level-playing field and it should not be a pay to play system.