Thomas Quinones – New York’s First Hispanic Elected to the Supreme Court
Thomas Quinones aims to become the first Hispanic elected to New York’s Supreme Court from Westchester’s 9th Judicial District. Currently serving as Yonkers City Court Judge, Quinones is competing against Greenburgh Town Justice Christie D’Alessio for this seat.
Quinones holds both an undergraduate degree in political science and sociology from Hunter College as well as a law degree from CUNY.
Early Life and Education
As a child, Quinones dreamed of becoming a television reporter; however, his heavy Mexican accent made this goal appear unattainable. Through drama classes and school plays he eventually was able to overcome it.
He later served as associate general counsel and held other roles with New York City’s Office of Legal Affairs before being appointed as a support magistrate on the Family Court bench in 1996, where he determined matters such as paternity, custody and child/spousal support payments.
Judge Quinones is competing in the Democratic primary for NYS Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District alongside Greenburgh Town Justice Christie D’Alessio, sitting State Supreme Court Judge Robert Berliner and attorney James Hyer in this year’s 9th Judicial District race for NYS Supreme Court. To learn more about his campaign click here.
Quinones has written seven books and received several national journalism awards. His journalism can be found on programs such as “20/20,” “Primetime Live,” and “What Would You Do?,” with topics including Congo’s virgin rainforest, migrant children and blood diamonds being covered extensively.
Quinones made her television debut as Andrea on WB Network television series Smallville during an episode titled Rachel on WB Network television series Smallville in 2006. Additionally, she appeared as Anna in El Tropico.
Quinones is not only active in theatre but she is an engaged member of her community as well. She serves on Greenburgh Town Court and as law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Minihan; additionally she is president-elect of Yonkers Exchange Club.
Achievement and Honors
Quinones has been honored for his efforts by receiving several awards and commendations, both professionally as well as personally. Aside from being an exceptional author and public speaker, in 2021 he received the MALDEF award in recognition of his efforts in advocating civil rights and equality for all.
He currently serves as the first Hispanic judge on Yonkers City Court of Westchester County in New York’s Ninth Judicial District, having joined in 2016. Since 2016, he has presided over one of the busiest courtrooms in his region.
His research on brain cancer and neurosurgery has resulted in numerous publications in medical journals. Furthermore, he has mentored over 300 postgraduate students and neurosurgery residents both domestically and abroad, founding and leading Mission: BRAIN as its founding and President respectively.
Thomas Quinones currently serves as Justice in Yonkers City Court of the Ninth Judicial District, appointed by Mayor Mike Spano to fill a vacancy on the bench in 2016. Before that he worked as Executive Associate General Counsel with New York City Legal Affairs.
He is running for State Supreme Court Justice of the 9th Judicial District encompassing Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and Orange Counties and will face Greenburgh Town Justice Christie D’Alessio who boasts more than two decades of local legal experience.
Cabanillas & Associates hosted a rooftop fundraiser to support both candidates running alongside Justice James Hyer for election. Featuring discussions between candidates and dinner, this event brought community support.
He is widely-renowned in his field and currently boasts an estimated net worth of $2 Million due to hard work over many years.
Nancy Loftus was his high school sweetheart whom he wed in 1988, and the pair enjoyed 21 blissful years together before divorcing. They shared three children; Julian, Nicco and Andrea from their marriage.
He is also an accomplished author who has published various works including Homeward (2014) and Exposed (2016). With such an accomplished career and lavish lifestyle at home with family, his private and love life remain private – no details about any possible relationships are shared publicly with any third parties.