Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has named Republican Glenn A. Murphy, supervising judge of Suffolk's District Court, and former Democratic District Court Judge Richard I. Horowitz as state Court of Claims judges. Each will earn $174,000 a year during terms that run until 2022.
Murphy, 57, of Miller Place and Horowitz, 52, of Smithtown, were confirmed by the State Senate on Wednesday afternoon and will take office immediately.
Murphy has been on the bench since 2003 and also serves as an acting County Court judge. Previously, he was an assistant Suffolk County district attorney for 14 years and a Brookhaven Town board member for three years.
Horowitz, deputy bureau chief of the district attorney's special investigations bureau, was elected to District Court in 2006. He lost his re-election bid in 2012, and in 2013 was appointed by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone as president of the board of judges for First District Court, and as supervising judge when Madeline Fitzgibbons retired. He later lost election for president of the board of judges to Karen Wilutis.
Bellone can fill Murphy's vacancy as a $157,000 a year District Court judge, with county legislature ratification. A special election for a new six-year term will take place in November.
Jesse Garcia, Brookhaven GOP chairman, said the party had not picked a candidate to run for Murphy's judgeship; a Bellone spokeswoman said the administration had no candidate for the temporary appointment.