Segal Blakeman, the spouse of Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, has been cross-endorsed by the Nassau County Democratic and Republican Committees for a Family Court judgeship, according to multiple reports.
Blakeman, who is an associate village justice for Cedarhurts and a private matrimonial and family law litigator for Woodbury-based Stone Studin Young & Nigro, would serve a 10-year term if elected later this year in the Nov. 7 general election.
Along with Blakeman, Eric Milgrim, a Democrat and former Nassau public administrator, was also cross-endorsed by state and county Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs and county Republican Committee Chairman Joe Cairo.
Both Blakeman and Milgrim’s names will appear on petitions of candidacy for both parties, which will be submitted by early April.
The seats to be filled opened up last year after Stacy Bennett and Lisa Cairo, daughter of Joe Cairo, were elected as State Supreme Court judges in the 10th District for 14-year terms. The two were among six total candidates for a total of six seats.
In 2022, Nassau County had 20 seats open for a judgeship, with 20 total candidates. Of those 20, all of them were endorsed by the county’s Democratic, Republican and Conservative committees.
Joe Cairo told Newsday the two parties “reached a consensus” on “well qualified” candidates and Jared Kasschau of the county Democrats’ Law Committee said he and a panel of five members met with Blakeman to go over her credentials.
“She was found extremely qualified,” Jacobs told Newsday.
Blakeman, who graduated from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law, was a principal law clerk to a Supreme Court judge in the Matrimonial Division and previously worked as an attorney for the county’s housing department under former Republican Executive Ed Mangano before resigning in 2015 following her marriage.
Milgrim, who graduated from CUNY School of Law, is a principal law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice David Gugerty.