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Marlene Budd becomes law clerk for state Supreme Court Justice William Rebolini

Former Suffolk Family Court Judge Marlene Budd,

Former Suffolk Family Court Judge Marlene Budd, seen here on Oct. 1, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Former Suffolk Family Court Judge Marlene Budd has left her job as a $151,119-a-year bureau chief in the Suffolk County attorney’s office to become principal law clerk for State Supreme Court Justice William Rebolini, but with a $11,401 pay cut.

Budd left her county post Feb. 17 and began work for Rebolini in Riverhead last Tuesday. Her pay will be $139,718 annually.

Budd, a former Huntington Town Board member and a former acting state Supreme Court justice, lost re-election to Family Court in 2015. She had headed the county attorney’s real estate bureau for the past two years.

Budd’s election loss came after the Suffolk Bar Association’s 24-member judicial screening committee in 2015 found her not qualified for re-election. The ruling later was reversed by the association’s board of directors.

Budd, of South Setauket, is the ex-wife of former Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington). Budd did not return calls for comment.

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