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Kings County Housing Court Bar Association celebrates 13th annual awards luncheon

Damian Secaira-Cotto, Fred Eisenberg, Diane Lutwak, Hon. Hannah Cohen, Robert Koeppel and John Campisi were honored by the Kings County Housing Court Bar Association at its 13th annual awards luncheon at the Brooklyn Law School on Monday. Photos by Rob Abruzzese

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Kings County Housing Court Bar Association (KCHCBA) celebrated its 13th annual awards luncheon Monday at the Forchelli Conference Center at Brooklyn Law School. 

KCHCBA President Michael Rosenthal welcomed attendees with call for more members.  "This is not a landlord's bar," Rosenthal reminded seeking additional members from all aspects of landlord/tenant law. 

Brooklyn Housing Court Judge Hannah Cohen and court attorney  Damian Secaira-Cotto were among the afternoon's honorees. 

No longer at Brooklyn's housing court, tenant advocate Diane Lutwak still finds herself missing the comrade of 141 Livingston Street.  Presently working in Manhattan, Lutwak looks around Manhattan Housing Court "searching for familiar faces." 

"Always pleasant and always helpful," is how Rosenthal described award recipient Fred Eisenberg, cashier at Brooklyn's Housing Court. "It feels good to have someone appreciate you, Eisenberg said. After over two decades of service, Eisenberg announced his retirement in front of an audience of friends. 

Hon. Hannah Cohen and Fred Eisenberg.
Court officer John Campisi was honored as the first court officer to receive a KCHCBA award. 
Actively practicing law for over 40 years, veteran housing court attorney Richard Koeppel reflected fondly on his years in housing court as he accepted his award. 
Jackie Secaira-Cotto, daughter Isabella and Damian Secaira-Cotto.
John and Christine Campisi
June 10, 2014 - 3:00pm


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