The Manorhaven mayor and Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint village resident William Bodkin as the new village justice at a Feb. 22 meeting.
Bodkin was interviewed by the mayor and the Board of Trustees prior to his appointment. It was determined that he was qualified for the position upon reviewing his credentials and background, according to the meeting’s agenda.
His responsibilities as village justice are effective immediately, and Bodkin will serve in the post until July 3.
The appointment comes after former Village Justice Christian S. Alfaya’s resignation. Until the appointment, there was no sitting justice presiding over the village other than an associate justice who was unable to fulfill the vacancy, according to the meeting’s agenda.
Bodkin currently serves as the chief court attorney for the Nassau County Supreme Court and as a judicial hearing officer for the Office of Court Administration, where he presides over employee disciplinary hearings. He previously served as a principal law clerk for numerous judges in the Nassau County Supreme Court and as principal appellate court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court’s appellate division’s First Department.
“The trustees and I are thrilled to have an attorney of Judge Bodkin’s qualifications and experience serving as village justice,” Mayor John Popeleski said in a news release. “We strongly believe that Judge Bodkin has the temperament and knowledge to be a great Justice for Manorhaven.”