Rick Brand Portrait of Newsday reporter Rick Brand taken on

Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

Sandy Berland, a leading lawyer for Suffolk Democrats, was named by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo late Friday as a Court of Claims judge.

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Berland, of Dix Hills, will have a confirmation hearing before the State Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. The judgeship carries a 10-year term and pays $195,000 a year.

Berland’s wife, Susan Berland, is a Huntington Town Board member. She is running as the Democratic candidate for Suffolk County Legislature to replace term-limited Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills).