The Honorable Augustus C. Agate


The Hon. Augustus C. Agate (Ret.) was a justice of the Queens County Supreme Court (Civil Term) in the Eleventh Judicial District of New York. He was elected to the Supreme Court in 2004. Agate retired in 2014.

His judicial career began in 2000 when he became a judge for the Civil Court of the City of New York in Queens County. Agate held this position until his ascension to the Supreme Court in 2004.

He received a B.A. in political science from the City College of New York in 1966. Agate went on to earn a J.D. at Michigan State University College of Law in 1969.

After law school, Agate began his legal career as an assistant district attorney with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in 1970. He remained with the District Attorney’s Office until 1973. He then became a law secretary to the Hon. Martha K. Zelman with the Civil Court of the City of New York in 1974. Then, in 1976, Agate entered into private practice, during which time, he also served as a part-time community aide to former New York State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein (1979 to 1988).

Agate served as the district leader of the Democratic Party (1995 to 2000) and was an executive member of the South Queens Democratic Club (1994 to 2000).

His memberships included the Queens County Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers’ Association of Queens County, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Queens County, and the Assistant District Attorneys’ Association of Queens County.

Agate also held memberships with the 106th Precinct Community Council, the Ozone-Howard Chamber of Commerce, the Rockwood Park Concerned Residents Association, and the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach (past-president).

After retiring from the bench, he was appointed to the Queens Library Board of Trustees.

He is registered as a Democrat.

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