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Kate Murray may be screened for judgeship, sources say

Former Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray is seen

Former Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray is seen in Farmingdale on May 9, 2013. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau’s Republican Party has sent the name of former Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray to the county bar association to be screened as a potential candidate for Supreme Court justice this fall, political and legal sources say.

Murray lost a race for Nassau district attorney last year to Democrat Madeline Singas, who criticized Murray’s lack of courtroom experience. Murray subsequently was appointed by Nassau Community College’s Republican-controlled board of trustees as a $150,000-a-year governmental liaison, prompting criticism of political influence at the college.

Nassau Republicans and Democrats have an ongoing cross-endorsement deal for judges, with two candidates expected to be cross-endorsed this year. Neither Murray nor Nassau GOP chairman Joseph Mondello could be reached Friday.

Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said he had not heard anything about the Republicans’ choices, but will speak with Mondello soon.

“I will find out what things we can agree on and where we can keep moving forward,” Jacobs said. “In my view, in the cross-endorsement deals we have had, he and his party pick the Republican and we pick the Democrat. . . . It’s not up to me to make a decision on his picks.”

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