Suffolk County Family Court judge

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Richard Hoffmann
Republican
Background: Hoffmann, 63, of Hauppauge, is running on the Republican, Green and Reform party lines in the general election. Since 2017, he has been a matrimonial and family law attorney at Hedayati Law Group in Melville. From 2007 to 2016, Hoffmann was a Suffolk County Family Court judge. From 2014 to 2016, he served as acting State Supreme Court justice in Suffolk County. Hoffmann was the deputy town attorney for the Town of Islip from 1997 to 2006, and assistant town attorney from 1986 to 1996. He was an attorney in private practice in Hauppauge from 1987 to 2006, and from 1983 to 1986 with the law firm of Ronald C. Schule. He received a law degree from the California Western School of Law in 1980 and his bachelor's degree from SUNY-Binghamton in 1977. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1983, and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; the Massachusetts State Bar; and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District and Southern District. He is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Karen Kerr
Democratic
Background: Kerr, 57, of Centerport, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, Independence and Women's Equality party lines in the general election. She was elected as a judge serving in the First District Court of Suffolk County in 2012 and was appointed a supervising judge in that district in 2016. Kerr was an attorney in private practice in Huntington from 2006 to 2012, and served as prosecutor for the Village of Northport from 2006 to 2012. She was an associate at Carman, Callahan & Ingham in Farmingdale from 2001 to 2004. Kerr was an assistant district attorney in Nassau County from 1989 to 2001 and then again from 2004 to 2006. Kerr graduated from Touro Law School in 1989, received her B.S. degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1982, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1990. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, and the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association. Kerr is co-chair of the Suffolk County chapter of the Women in the Courts Committee, and the co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association's District Court Committee.
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