Karen Best

Yonkers City Court Judge, NY

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Best started as a Legal Intern in the Criminal Defense Department of Nassau County’s Legal Aid Society before moving on to be a Legal Extern in the Homicide Division of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Best then went on to become a Quality Assurance Analyst of U.S. Consumer Banking with JPMorgan striving to make sure consumers were being heard in terms of their financial security. Best then returned to the Legal Aid Society joining the Westchester County branch as a Associate Counsel of Criminal Defense.

Judge Best is running for Yonkers City Court because she believes, as a proud Millennial black woman, that the City’s bench needs to represent the people they serve. Additionally, comprehensive criminal justice reform needs to brought to the local level.

Best embodies the most is the value of Standing for Justice. Ending police brutality, upholding reproductive rights for all (including women and trans individuals), and overall combating systematic racism and socioeconomic prejudice is what we need to bring not just to the state & federal governments, but local bodies as well. Creating governments that are representative of the people are a good start towards addressing these pressing matters.

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