Babylon Dems back son of GOP ex-appellate judge for district court

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Babylon Democrats have recommended that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone name a son of former Republican state appellate judge John Copertino to fill a vacancy in Babylon district court.

Robert Stricoff, Babylon Democratic chairman, said the party recommended Carl Copertino, a Deer Park lawyer who now works for the MTA and formerly worked in the state attorney generals office.

Copertino will fill the vacancy left when cross-endorsed Republican District Court Justice John Iliou was elected to county court last fall.

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Copertinos father, John Copertino, 84, spent 35 years as a judge, including seven years as an appellate judge from 1991 to 1998. He retired in 2004.

Copertino will have to run in November to keep the $122,700 a year judgeship and is expected to get cross-endorsement from both major parties. Currently, Babylon has four other district court judges two Republicans and two Democrats who have all run with cross-endorsement. Stricoff, however, maintains the recommendation is not based on politics but finding high-quality judges.

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