Nassau: Deputy comptroller to screen for judge post

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Ex-prosecutor Joy Watson has been interviewed for a Ex-prosecutor Joy Watson has been interviewed for a state Supreme Court nomination. Photo Credit: Dave Sanders

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Joy Watson, who ran and lost against Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in 2009, will be screened for a possible Republican nomination for judgeship by the Nassau Bar Association on Thursday, she confirmed.

Watson, a former prosecutor who is the Nassau County deputy comptroller of audits and special projects, said she will be interviewed Thursday by the judicial screening committee for a nomination to the state Supreme Court.

ā€œIā€™m honored to be considered by the party for screening and possible nomination,ā€ Watson said, adding she was also screened by the committee last year and was found well-qualified, but was not ultimately chosen as a candidate by the party.

Anthony Santino, a spokesman for county Republican chairman Joseph Mondello, confirmed that Watson is being screened but did not comment further.

Marian Rice, president of the Nassau County Bar Association, said the committee of 21 members screens candidates for experience, knowledge of legal issues, moral character, integrity and other qualities.

As DA, Kathleen Rice was the only county Democrat to retain her seat in 2009, beating Watson the same year County Executive Edward Mangano unseated Tom Suozzi, and County Comptroller George Maragos defeated incumbent Howard Weitzman.

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