GOP leader Joseph Cairo’s daughter nominated for NY supreme court

GOP officers have nominated the daughter of Nassau County Republican Celebration chairman Joseph Cairo to turn out to be a state supreme court docket choose — with backing from the rival Democratic Celebration, sources near the choice course of mentioned Wednesday.

The bipartisan deal ensures that Lisa Cairo, presently a household court docket choose, will probably be elected to the state Supreme Court docket and not using a problem.

“Cairo is making his daughter a Supreme Court docket choose. How does it look? It’s nepotism 101,” sniped one supply near the Nassau Republican Celebration.

Democrat and Republican leaders have entered right into a bipartisan pact to evenly parcel out judgeships and keep away from having to spend monumental sums on judicial races. The social gathering bosses would moderately elevate funds and commit assets on countywide and legislative races, sources mentioned.

Whereas good for the fortunate few who’re nominated, the bipartisan choice course of limits competitors from others in search of to serve on the bench.

GOP officers nominated Lisa Cairo, daughter of Nassau County Republican Celebration chairman Joseph Cairo, to turn out to be a state supreme court docket choose.

The revelation comes a day after a video emerged of ex-Brooklyn Democratic boss Frank Seddio threatening to “rip the f—king coronary heart” out of a celebration activist for arguing with him over judgeships.

Joseph Cairo, a lawyer who is also president of the Nassau County Off Monitor Betting Company, declined remark.

However Nassau County GOP spokesman Mike Deery defended Lisa Cairo’s choice.

“The delegates to the tenth Judicial District have unanimously nominated the extremely
revered Household Court docket Choose, Lisa A. Cairo, for the Supreme Court docket,” Deery mentioned.

The assertion famous that Lisa Cairo was deemed “effectively certified” by the judiciary screening committee of the Nassau County Bar Affiliation.

Lisa Cairo is previous  President of the Nassau County Girls’s Bar Affiliation.

“The Nassau County Republican Committee is happy when girls of distinction and expertise are elevated to positions of belief and duty. Accordingly, we congratulate Lisa A. Cairo on her nomination to the Supreme Court docket,” Deery mentioned.

Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs confirmed the bipartisan nomination of Lisa Cairo to the bench.

“Her title will elevate folks’s consideration,” Jacobs admitted.

However Jacobs, who additionally serves because the state Democratic Celebration chairman, defended Lisa Cairo’s nomination, saying “she’s actually certified to do the job.”

“Lisa Cairo is revered throughout the board — her father’s place however,” he mentioned.

Lisa Cairo was once a regulation companion with Steve Schlesinger, former authorized counsel to the Nassau County Democratic Celebration. He additionally praised her {qualifications} and work ethic.

“If she was not Joe Cairo’s daughter folks would say Lisa is a good alternative for the bench. The one black mark is that she occurs to be Joe Cairo’s daughter,” mentioned Schlesinger.

Retired Appellate Court docket Choose David Saxe mentioned he’s OK with cross-party endorsements for judgeships, so long as there’s a rigorous screening course of.

“I see nothing improper with cross-endorsements so long as the judges are screened by a committee comprised of numerous group pursuits. Judicial elections between social gathering candidates turns judges into politicians — not a fascinating end result,” mentioned Saxe, now a companion on the regulation agency Morrison Cohen.

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