Nassau Legislature set to approve 2 district court appointments

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Nassau’s Republican-controlled legislature is expected to approve two district court judge appointments on Monday.

County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, has nominated Republicans Joy Watson of Hempstead to a vacancy on the 2nd District Court bench in Hempstead, and David Sullivan to an empty seat in 3rd District Court in North Hempstead.

Watson is a deputy county comptroller who lost her bid for Supreme Court in  November, while Sullivan of New Hyde Park lost re-election to county court.

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The legislature’s Rules Committee this week voted 4-3 along party lines — Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against — to approve Watson’s nomination.

The committee voted unanimously for Sullivan.

Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said, “There are always unique candidates that are universally respected and regarded. David Sullivan is one of those candidates. My recommendation to my caucus is to vote in the affirmative.”

A high-level Democrat said afterward that there was no deal involving the Sullivan appointment. “Dave is a guy that everyone likes,” he said.

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