New York State Supreme Court Judge, 10th District

Posted: 10/27/2017 16:15:00 -04:00 Updated:

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Stuart Besen - IN

Background
Besen, 53, of East Northport, is running on the Independence party line. He is of counsel to Milber, Makris, Plousadis, Seiden in Woodbury. Before that, he had a private practice with a focus on civil litigation for 22 years in Garden City. He has been the village attorney for Northport since his appointment in December 2014. He was a Huntington Town councilman from 2006 to 2009. He lost re-election to the Huntington Town Board in 2009. Besen was appointed by the Huntington Town Board as a special town attorney in February 2010. He was an assistant town attorney for Huntington from 1998-2005. Besen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He received his law degree from the New York Law School, where he was the executive editor of the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1991. He is co-founder and past president of the East Northport Chamber of Commerce.

Philip M. Boyle - IN

Background
Boyle, 56, of Bay Shore, is running on the Independence party line. He is the state senator from the 4th Senate District and chairman of the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He served in the New York State Assembly, representing the 8th Assembly District from 1994 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2012, when he won a Senate seat. He was a founding partner of Steinberg & Boyle LLC, a general practice law firm in East Islip, working primarily in real estate matters from 1997 to 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he was a lawyer for Cronin, Cronin, Harris & O’Brien, a law firm in Uniondale that focuses on property valuation. He worked in Washington, D.C., for then Reps. Rick Lazio and Frank Horton after law school and graduate school. Boyle received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a joint law degree from Albany Law School and a master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988.

Arthur M. Diamond - D, R

Background
Diamond, 65, of New Hyde Park, is running on the Democratic and Republican party lines. He has been a Nassau County Supreme Court justice since 2004. He is a supervising judge of guardianship matters since 2016. Previously, he was the senior vice president and general counsel for Curran & Connors, a graphics firm in Hauppauge from 2000-2003. He filled two vacancies as a Nassau County Court judge through two gubernatorial appointments by George Pataki from 1999-2000. He worked for the Garden City law firm of Fishkin & Pugach, concentrating in the areas of criminal and personal injury law from 1992-1999 and previously worked in business from 1986-1992. He was also a village prosecutor in Manorhaven from 1994-1996. He was a Nassau County assistant district attorney from 1976-1986. He received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1979. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Thomas Feinman - D

Background
Feinman, 67, of Syosset, is running on the Republican and Democratic party lines. He has been a Nassau County Supreme Court justice since he was elected in 2004. Feinman was elected as a Nassau County District Court judge in 1998 and served until 2003. Before he was a judge, Feinman was in private practice with Annibale & Feinman Esqs., from 1980-1998, and Sale, Groothuis, & Feinman Esqs., 1979-1980. He was a Nassau County assistant district attorney from 1977-1979. Feinman graduated from Hofstra University and Hofstra School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1976. Feinman has been an associate professor for legal studies at Hofstra School of Law for the past 11 years. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.

Richard Hoffmann - R

Background
Hoffmann, 62, of Hauppauge, is running on the Republican Party line. Hoffmann joined the Hedayati Law Group P.C. in 2017, practicing matrimonial and family law. Previously, he spent 10 years as a Suffolk County Family Court judge from 2006 to 2016, which included three years as acting Suffolk County Supreme Court justice from 2014 to 2016. He was Islip’s deputy town attorney from 1997-2006 and assistant town attorney 1986-1996. He was in private practice from 1996 to 2006, with the law firm of Hoffmann & Vetri from 1986 to 1996, and with the law firm of Ronald C. Schule from 1983 to 1986. He received a bachelor’s in political science from SUNY Binghamton and a law degree from California Western School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1983 and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Linda J. Kevins - C, D, IN

Background
Kevins, 62, of Mount Sinai, is running on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines. She has been a Suffolk County District Court judge since 2015. She was a principal court attorney/principal law clerk for the Supreme Court in both Nassau and Suffolk counties from 2005 to 2014. In 2011, she was a founder of the Partnership to Advance Women Leaders. From 2005 to 2010, Kevins trained judges throughout the state at the New York State Judicial Institute. She was a prosecutor for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office from 1998 to 2005. She also is an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law since 2012. She was a representative for the North Shore Special Education PTA from 1990 to 2000. Kevins graduated from Empire State College and Hofstra University School of Law. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. She is a member of Suffolk County Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and National Association of Women Judges, a former vice president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and former director of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association. Kevins was the co-founder and president of Hofstra Law Women while in law school from 1993 to 1996.

Robert A. Lifson - R

Background
Lifson, 67, of Huntington, is running on the Republican Party line. He has been in private practice since 2011. From 2009 to 2010, he was the law secretary to Judge Daniel Martin, Acting Supreme Court justice in Riverhead. From 1995 to 2008, he served as justice of the New York State Supreme Court, 10th District: 1995 to 2003 in the Civil Trial Parts, 2003 to 2004 in the Appellate Term, and 2004 to 2008 in the Appellate Division, 2nd Department. He was chief counsel to the late state Sen. Norman Levy from 1993 to 1994. In 1992, Lifson was co-counsel to New York State’s legislative Commission on Water Resource Needs of Long Island. From 1989-1994, Lifson served as chairman of the Huntington Republican Committee, and from 1978 to 1989 he was confidential law secretary to Judge Paul J. Baisley, justice of the New York State Supreme Court, 10th District. Lifson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Albany, a master’s degree in public affairs from SUNY Stony Brook and a juris doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. Lifson was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1975.

Daniel S. McLane - C

Background
McLane, 51, of Farmingdale, is running on the Conservative Party line. He is the principal law clerk to Nassau County Acting Supreme Court Justice Felice Muraca, a position he has held since January 2016. Before that, he spent six years as a deputy county attorney assigned to the Department of Social Services, where some of his duties included guardianships, Medicaid compliance, serving as a foreclosure referee, and as a counsel for incapacitated adults. From 2008 to 2010, McLane had a private practice in Bayville that focused on insurance defense and litigation. Previous experience includes working as an attorney at the Mineola law firms of Robert P. Macchia & Associates and Gallagher, Walker, Bianco, Plastaras LLP. He served as a county attorney for Nassau County from 1997 to 2002. McLane taught business law as an adjunct professor at New York Institute of Technology from 1996 to 1999. He graduated from Stony Brook University and earned a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law. McLane was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1993. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the Columbian Lawyers’ Association of Nassau County.

Thomas Rademaker - C

Background
Rademaker, 46, of Sea Cliff, is running on the Conservative Party line. He was elected judge in Nassau County Family Court in 2015. He was principal law clerk to New York State Court of Claims Judge Philip Grella from 2003-2014. Before that, Rademaker was in private legal practice from 1997 to 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and his law degree from Touro Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. Rademaker is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association.

William B. Rebolini - C D IN WF

Background
Rebolini, 60, of Huntington, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families and Independence party lines. He has been a justice of the Suffolk County Supreme Court since 2004. Rebolini was a Suffolk District Court judge from 1993 to 2003. He was an adjunct professor of law at New York Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2007 and Dowling College from 2011 to 2014. He was a Huntington Town Board member from 1988 to 1993 and also did civil litigation at his own law firm in Deer Park and Huntington during that time. Before that, he practiced securities litigation with a Manhattan firm and did insurance defense work for a Deer Park firm. Rebolini graduated from Boston University in 1979 and Hofstra School of Law in 1983. He was admitted to the bar in 1984. Rebolini is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, Suffolk County Colombian Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association and a member and past president of the Huntington Lawyers Club. He also served as an officer and board member of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Smithtown from 2000-2007.

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