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Conway to be screened for Supreme Court judge nomination

Criminal defense attorney Joseph Conway, a former federal prosecutor who has represented some prominent Long Islanders, will be screened by the Nassau Bar Association Sept. 6 for a state Supreme Court judge nomination.

Although political parties usually recommend potential judicial candidates, Conway said he submitted his own application to the bar because “I’m interested in going back to public service.”

Conway had been mentioned last year for Nassau District Attorney, a position vacated when Democrat Kathleen Rice was elected to Congress two years go, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo opted against making any appointment before last November’s election, when Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas won the job.

Conway, a registered Democrat, clerked for a Republican federal judge in Brooklyn before he successfully prosecuted Long Island political figures involved in Nassau’s multi-million dollar BPA insurance scandal in the early 2000s. Now in private practice, he is representing former Suffolk Police Chief James Burke, who is awaiting sentencing for violating the civil rights of a Smithtown man and then covering it up.

Conway also has represented Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius, indicted Oyster Bay restaurateur Harendra Singh, Republican County Executive Edward Mangano’s campaign committee, and the Hicksville Republican committee, which is run by Mangano’s chief deputy, Rob Walker.

Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello and Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs both said they had not recommended Conway for screening and had not had made any decisions about a nomination.

“I don’t have any promises from anybody,” Conway acknowledged, explaining that he was basically attempting to establish his credentials. “I’m throwing my name out there and going through whatever you have to go through.”

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