BACKGROUND: Joseph Farneti, 61, of Babylon, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Democratic, Independence, and Working Families parties lines in the general election. Farneti has been an acting justice of the Suffolk County Supreme Court for the past 20 years. He is seeking to be re-elected to a third term as a county court judge. He won elections as a county court judge in 1998 and 2008. Farneti was appointed by then-Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney to fill a vacancy on the District Court bench effective Jan. 1, 1997. He won election to a full term the following November. Farneti was the presiding justice of the Integrated Domestic Violence Court from January 2004 through December 2006. From 1990 to 1996, Farneti was a partner in the Commack law firm Pachman, Pachman, Brown and Farneti and handled criminal, matrimonial, federal litigation, municipal, and land use cases. Farneti served as the principal law clerk to state Supreme Court Justice H. Patrick Leis III from 1988 to 1990. In 1983, Farneti began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the office of the Suffolk County district attorney. He left in 1984 to become a partner in the law firm of Bandes, Farneti & Byrnes, P.C. in Oakdale. Farneti graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1979 and earned a law degree from Brooklyn College Law School in 1982. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1983. Farneti is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.