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Court elections: GOP picks Watson, others

Nassau Deputy Comptroller Joy Watson is slated to get a one of several Republican nominations for state Supreme Court, party sources say.

Not all slots are settled, but incumbent Peter Skelos, brother of the State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Appellate Justice James Catterson, son of the late Suffolk District Attorney James M. Catterson Jr., are expected to be renominated.

Suffolk Conservative Chairman Edward Walsh, who swiped a Nassau judicial spot for his minor party last year, has wrangled a GOP cross-endorsement for Patchogue-based attorney Rudy Cartier.

Suffolk party leaders say they picked contenders for state Supreme Court who will be formally nominated Sept. 20.

Democrats say they plan to name party attorney John Leo and Richard Ambro for the other open seats.

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