Hon. Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor

Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor is a Civil Court Judge for the City of New York. She sits by special designation in Criminal Court in Bronx County. She is also a writer, educator, and US Army Veteran.  Judge Gonzalez-Taylor began her public service career in 1992 by enlisting as a military police officer in the US Army. She is a New York Law School graduate and holds a B.S. magna cum laude and an M.A. from CUNY at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 2002, she was appointed Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx where she handled a diverse docket of cases ranging from misdemeanors to felony cases involving economic crimes, arson, animal cruelty, and government corruption. In 2006, she joined the NYPD as an internal prosecutor, where she litigated internal corruption charges and provided continuing advice and guidance to internal affairs investigators regarding investigations of civilian and uniformed employees. In 2009 she joined the NYC Department of education where she served as an Administrative Hearing Officer adjudicating superintendent suspensions in New York County until her election in November of 2022.  Judge Gonzalez-Taylor also teaches as an adjunct professor for Monroe College in Bronx County and in her spare time, she mentors young people to encourage them to enter the legal profession through the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)’s Color of Justice Program. She holds a leadership position in her local veterans’ organization as the finance officer. She is also active in several bar associations, serving on the Judicial Wellness Committee of the New York State Bar Association to advance the improvement of the mental and physical well-being of members of the judiciary.