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Hon. William J. Burke
Candidate for the
Suffolk County District Court
(6th District)

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • I was Appointed District Court Judge by unanimous bi-partisan vote of the Suffolk County Legislature 2000. I was Elected District Court Judge Sixth District 2001. I have presided over Felony Arraignments, including Murder, Drug Sales, Sexual Abuse, Driving While Intoxicated, etc. Have presided over thousands of Misdemeanor proceedings from Arraignment through Trial, including Sexual Abuse, Driving While Intoxicated, Gang Related Crimes, Assault, as well as all other Misdemeanors. In addition to having been found qualified by New York States Judicial Election Qualification Commission, I have been found qualified by the Suffolk County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, for the positions of District Court, Family Court, County Court, and Supreme Court. The Fund for Modern Courts, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice in New York State in the 2007 Report on Suffolk County District Court , found me to be, "Courteous, Professional, and that [I] maintained control of the courtroom." Additionally, they found that I, "had and excellent demeanor."
Party Membership
  • Republican
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Republican
Campaign Web Site
  • New York Law School , New York ,N.Y., Juris Doctorate, 1970
  • Syracuse University ,Syracuse ,N.Y., Bachelor of Arts, 1967
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1971
  • District Court Judge N.Y.S.Unified Courts
Professional Experience
  • Chief Deputy County Attorney ,Suffolk County N.Y. 1992-2000 The County Attorneys Office represents Suffolk County Government and its residents in claims against the county, drafting and defending county legislation, regulations and decision making. Additionally, they prosecute, support and support enforcement proceedings as well as juvenile delinquncy proceedings.
  • 1990 - 1991 Partner Greeco, Rapp, Huges, Gaffney & Burke, Esqs. Practice consisted of criminal and civil litigation.
  • 1983 - 1990 Partner Gaffney & Burke, Esqs. Practice consisted of criminal and civil litigation.
  • 1980 - 1983 Sole Practitioner. Practice consist of criminal and civil litigation.

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