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Date: February 10, 1999

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Gail Prudenti Named Suffolk County Top Judge
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. A. Gail Prudenti as the Administrative Judge of Suffolk County courts. The appointment of Judge Prudenti, effective February 16, was made in consultation with Presiding Justice Guy J. Mangano, of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.

Judge Lippman said, "Over the last two decades, Judge Prudenti has spent her entire professional career as a judge and lawyer in Suffolk County. During this time, she has gained an impeccable reputation for her intellect, integrity and hard work and has earned the respect of her colleagues. Judge Prudenti's keen knowledge of the court system and the legal profession in Suffolk County, coupled with her outstanding work as a Supreme Court Justice and Surrogate, make her ideally equipped for the challenges of this critical position. I look forward to working with her in the years ahead."

Further, Judge Lippman noted, "Judge Prudenti will devote the bulk of her time to her responsibilities as Administrative Judge while continuing to preside over the administration and weekly calendar at Surrogate's Court and continuing to serve as an acting Supreme Court Justice. She will be assisted in her Surrogate duties by County Court Judge Gary Weber, in the capacity of Acting Surrogate, who will conduct trials and hearings and appoint guardians and other fiduciaries."

"I would like to thank Judge Mary Werner, who has served with distinction as Administrative Judge in Suffolk County for the last five years," added Judge Lippman. "Judge Werner has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the justice community on Long Island and was the driving force behind many new and exciting local initiatives. The court system owes her and Justice Jack Cannavo, who has been serving as the interim Administrative Judge, a debt of gratitude for their exceptional service."

Judge Prudenti has been the Surrogate of Suffolk County since 1995 and was designated an acting Supreme Court Justice three years ago. Her tenure on the bench began in 1992 when she was elected to the State Supreme Court in Suffolk County, after nearly a decade in private practice and after serving locally as an assistant district attorney, law clerk and a court clerk in Surrogate's Court. Judge Prudenti is the presiding member of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association, an active member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Surrogate's Association, a founding member of the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association and on the board of directors for the Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers Association, in addition to co-chairing the Chief Judge's Task Force on Delay in the Courts. She has authored numerous articles and published decisions and is a frequent lecturer at judicial seminars and law-related functions throughout the state. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and Marymount College and is a life-long Suffolk County resident.

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