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Background: Joseph Farneti, 61, of Babylon, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Democrat, Independence, and Working Families parties lines in the general election. Farneti has been an Acting Justice of the Suffolk County Supreme Court for the past 20 years. He is seeking to be re-elected to a third term as a County Court judge. He won elections as a County Court judge in 1998 and 2008. Farneti was appointed by then-Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney to fill a vacancy on the District Court bench effective January 1, 1997. He won election to a full-term the following November. Farneti was the Presiding Justice of the Integrated Domestic Violence Court from January 2004 through December 2006. From 1990 to 1996, Farneti was a partner in the Commack law firm Pachman, Pachman, Brown and Farneti and handled criminal, matrimonial, federal litigation, municipal, and land use cases. Farneti served as the Principal Law Clerk to State Supreme Court Justice H. Patrick Leis III from 1988 to 1990. In 1983, Farneti began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney. He left in 1984 to become a partner in the law firm of Bandes & Farneti in Oakdale. Farnetti graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1979 and earned a law degree from Brooklyn College Law School in 1982. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1983. Farneti is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Paul M. Hensley
Background: Hensley, 57, of East Northport, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, and Independence party lines in the general election. Since 2016, he has been a principal law clerk in the Supreme Court Law Department assigned to Riverhead, writing drafts of opinions for Supreme Court justices. In January 2015, Hensley became a court attorney-referee at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip. Hensley, a former 12-year District Court judge, lost re-election four years ago. He was appointed to the county court in 2002 by Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney and approved by the Suffolk County Legislature. Hensley served as a principal law clerk to County Court Judge James Hudson from January 2001 to July 2002 and to State Supreme Court Justice Leonard B. Austin from January 1999 to January 2001. From March 1998 to January 1999, he worked as a special assistant attorney for Huntington Town. Before that, he worked for the insurance underwriter Robert Plan Corp. in Bethpage from 1994 to 1998. Hensley spent eight years, from 1986 to 1994, as a Suffolk assistant district attorney working prosecuting white collar-complex litigation. Hensley received an associate degree from Nassau Community College in 1981 and a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Albany in 1983. Hensley received his law degree from SUNY Buffalo law school in 1986. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1987. Hensley is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. He is a former president of the New York State District Court Judges Association.
Steven A. Pilewski
Background: Pilewski, 52, of Smithtown is running on the Republican, Green, Women's Equality, and Reform party lines in the general election. Pilewski is a Principal Law Clerk to Kings County Supreme Court Acting Justice Guy J. Mangano, a position he has been in since July 2000. As a Principal Law Clerk, Pilewski drafts legal decisions, memorandum, court decisions, and jury charges, and does research. In 1995, Pilewski began his legal career as a court attorney in the Appellate Division in Brooklyn. He graduated from St. John's University in 1989 and earned his law degree from Touro Law Center in 1994. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1995. Pilewski is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
James F. Quinn
Background: Quinn, 62, of Eastport also is running on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families and Independence party lines. He is an acting state Supreme Court justice. Quinn is seeking re-election to a second term on County Court. He was appointed acting justice by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau in 2009, following his 2008 election. Quinn was an acting judge in Suffolk County Family Court from 2009 to 2010. Before Quinn's elevation to the bench, he was a partner in the Lindenhurst law firm of Phillips, Weiner, Quinn, Artura & Cox, practicing general, criminal, civil, family, elder and commercial law for 25 years. Quinn served as an associate police justice in the Village of Lindenhurst from 2006 to 2008. He graduated from St. John's University in Queens in 1978, and received a law degree from Washburn University in 1983. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984. He is an officer for the Suffolk Academy of Law. Quinn has been an adjunct law professor at Touro Law School for the past six years.