Hon. Joseph A. Zayas // Photo Courtesy of NYS-UCS

‘Varied Experiences’ Help Hon. Zayas Thrive In Different Worlds

Over a span of a few decades, Hon. Joseph A. Zayas ascended from the park benches outside his childhood public housing complex to the bench inside Queens’ highest criminal court.

Though his path from the projects to the judge’s chambers are not typical, his experiences have enabled him to thrive in various settings and given him a unique perspective that he says reflects the importance of empathy.

“Empathy is the characteristic of a judge that is most important, but people confuse it with sympathy,” Zayas said. “They think you’re going to sympathize with the David in every David and Goliath story but that’s not what empathy is. Empathy means that you’re going to put yourself in the shoes of the litigant before you — that may be a cop, it may be a victim.”

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QEDC Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Tourism and Queens Ambassador Rob MacKay // Courtesy of Rob MacKay

Queens Is Fertile Ground for Legal Community, Borough Ambassador Says

Fresh off his appearance on the City & State Queens Power 50 list, Rob MacKay sat in his favorite neighborhood restaurant Aubergine Cafe and discussed how Queens has fostered a fertile environment for a flourishing legal community.

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Croatian fans at the now defunct Scorpio Bar in Astoria during the 2014 World Cup // Eagle Photo by David Brand

5 Spots to Watch the World Cup Final in Queens

By Jonathan Sperling For one fleeting month every four years, the World Cup captivates the entire globe — and then

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Thai-Americans celebrate Songkram Day in Queens// Photo courtesy Songkram Day NYC Facebook

‘It’s Like a Miracle’ — The Wild Boars Captivated Queens’ Thai Community

By David Brand The heroic mission to save the Wild Boars captivated the entire world. And in Woodside, Elmhurst and elsewhere

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