|Milton A. Tingling|
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|Current Court Information:|
|New York County Supreme Court, New York|
|Position:||Former supreme court justice|
|Past position:||Judge, New York City Civil Court|
|Undergraduate:||Brown University, 1975|
|Law School:||North Carolina Central University School of Law, 1982|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court, 1st District|
|Election information 2014:|
Milton A. Tingling, Jr. was a justice for the New York County Supreme Court, Civil Term in the 1st Judicial District of New York. He was elected to this position in 2001. He retired from the court on December 31, 2014, to become the New York county clerk.
- See also: New York judicial elections, 2014
| Tingling ran for re-election to the Supreme Court, 1st District.
General: He was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Before serving as a judge, Tingling worked as a law assistant to Civil Court Judge Milton Richardson, a law secretary to Acting Supreme Court and Court of Claims Judge Dennis Edwards, a sole practitioner working in New York City and a court attorney for the Trial Part of the Civil Court, working for Hon. Wilfred O'Connor. His career on the bench began in 1996, when he was appointed to the New York City Civil Court. He served on the civil court until 2000, and he was elected to the New York County Supreme Court in 2001.
Judge stops NYC soda ban
On March 11, 2013, Judge Milton Tingling shot down a New York City soda ban supported by Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Health. The new law would have stopped restaurants and other such venues from selling sugary drinks over 16 ounces.
In his ruling, Tingling prohibited the city from "implementing or enforcing the new regulations" and turned the matter over to the New York State Legislature, stating that the Mayor and Department of Health did not have the authority to create such rules.
|“||The rule would not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it...Such an evisceration has the potential to be more troubling than sugar sweetened drinks.||”|
He also explained,
|“||It is arbitrary and capricious because it applies to some but not all food establishments in the city, it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds, and the loopholes inherent in the rule, including but not limited to no limitations on refills, defeat and/or serve to gut the purpose of the rule.||”|
To read the full case decision, click hereThe Appellate Division's First Department upheld Tingling's ruling in July 2013.
- New York Times, "Judge in Soda Ruling Is Wary of Government’s Power," March 11, 2013
- The New York Daily News, "After blocking Bloomberg's soda ban, Justice Milton Tingling finds himself in the spotlight," March 12, 2013
- New York Courts, "Official biography of the Hon. Milton A. Tingling, Jr."
- New York Courts, "Official biography of the Hon. Milton A. Tingling, Jr.," accessed January 16, 2015
- New York Courts, "New York County Supreme Court judicial directory, Civil Term," accessed January 16, 2015
- Gotham Gazette, "Justice Tingling, Who Struck Down 'Soda Ban,' Named New York County Clerk," December 1, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, “State Certification for the November 4, 2014 General Election,” accessed September 30, 2014
- New York Post, "Judge halts mayor's soda ban, calls it 'arbitrary and capricious'," March 11, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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