Judge Milton Mollen’s 95th Birthday Celebration

February 24, 2015
Herrick, Feinstein LLP

2 Park Avenue

New York, NY

Herrick hosted a 95th birthday celebration for Judge Milton Mollen, who in his seven decades as a city official, judge, lawyer and political advisor has had a profound impact on New York City.

Early in his career, Judge Mollen served several roles in the administration of Mayor Wagner, including head of the Housing and Redevelopment Board, a predecessor to the current Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In that role he helped spearhead the urban renewal programs in several then dilapidated neighborhoods, including a significant part of the Upper West Side, Cadman Plaza in downtown Brooklyn and the area around Kips Bay in midtown Manhattan. He was also a key leader in the implementation of the Mitchell-Lama subsidized housing program, one of the most successful middle income housing programs in the country.

In 1966, he was appointed as judge of the City’s Criminal Court by Mayor Lindsey. In 1968, he was elected as a Justice of the State Supreme Court. He thereafter served as an Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court. From 1978-1990, he served as Presiding Justice of the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department – considered by many to be the busiest appellate court in the country.
Following his service on the judiciary, he continued his dedication to public service by becoming a Deputy Mayor of New York City. In that role in the Dinkins’ administration, he led the City’s effort to get the Safe Streets, Safe City program enacted by the State Legislature. That program provided funding for 6,000 more police, which was a significant factor in bringing down the crime rate. He also chaired a major investigation of the Police Department – widely known as the Mollen Commission.

He then founded the New York office of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc., which has helped thousands of local businesses and individuals resolve their disputes through mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Judge Mollen has been with Herrick for more than a decade, where he currently provides sound counsel to many prominent business leaders and organizations, including the International Longshoreman’s Association and the International Council of Teamsters, Local 282. In those roles he has helped eliminate organized crime’s pervasive and historic influence in commercial endeavors in the City.