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Nassau's Mangano picks his first judge

The first judicial appointee of Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is a former local prosecutor, a current local defense lawyer and a charter member of the local Republican establishment in the Town of Hempstead.

David McAndrews, 57, of Westbury, nominated to the District Court, has been a member of the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals since 2004, a post that gets him town-sponsored medical, dental and optical benefits.

He and other board members almost lost those benefits in 2007, but Councilman Anthony Santino offered an amendment that spared them.

Santino is among the many town Republicans who have gotten thousands of dollars in contributions in recent years from the nominee’s Hempstead law firm, McAndrews & Christiansen. (The firm has made 47 contributions totaling $11,985 in the past four years, and most of that went to GOP pols, according to state data.)

The nomination was added publicly to the agenda of the Rules Committee of the Nassau County Legislature just 10 minutes before the start of committee hearings on Monday.

It sailed thorough unanimously, and will be on the agenda of the full legislature June 7th.

Mangano press aides claimed they could not provide a biography of McAndrews, but a copy of the bio was obtained from Democrats on the legislative minority — who had gotten it from the Mangano administration as part of the usual legislative package.

An aside — or “obiter dictum” as judges like to say — McAndrews was the subject of a couple of stories in Newsday in early 1993 while he was an assistant district attorney in Nassau County.

District Court Judge Geoffrey O’Connell told McAndrews on Ash Wednesday that year to remove a smidgen  of ashes from his forehead because it might prejudice jurors. The same judge told McAndrews a month later on St. Patrick’s Day to remove a green carnation for the same reason. McAndrews complied both times.

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