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Conference officials call for separating judicial races from politics

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The state’s judicial selection process is broken, with candidates picked by political party leaders in backroom deals with little to no voter input, according to lawmakers, former judges and good governments leaders who participated in a virtual conference Tuesday.

The event, hosted by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, comes amid growing opposition to “fusion voting,” a practice popularized on Long Island and across the state where judicial candidates are cross-endorsed and run uncontested on multiple major party lines.

To become a judge on Long Island, Bellone said, lawyers need only to attend political fundraisers, develop relationships with party leaders and provide free legal services to the party.

“It’s a system that…

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