Nassau officials will drop their challenge of the judge's decision that forced them to stop posting the names and mug shots of accused drunken drivers before they were convicted.

According to a letter sent by a county attorney to the county clerk's office, Nassau will withdraw its appeal to State Supreme Court Justice William LaMarca's decision, which said the county's drunken driving Wall of Shame punished the people posted on it in ways not authorized by the law.

A spokeswoman for County Executive Thomas Suozzi did not return a call for comment yesterday evening.

Brian Griffin, a lawyer for Alexandra Bursac, 27, of Plainview, who brought the lawsuit, said he is glad the county dropped its challenge.

"What we've been saying from the beginning is that they can't do this," he said. "Apparently the county has finally heard us."

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Suozzi started the Wall of Shame in May 2008, after Nassau police Officer Kenneth Baribault was hit and seriously hurt by a drunken driver while he was making a drunken driving stop of another car at the side of the Long Island Expressway.

The names of those arrested and charged with DWI were posted every week until Bursac successfully sued the county in October.