Michael A. Gajdos Jr.
BACKGROUND: Gajdos, 45, of Ronkonkoma is running on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines in the general election. Gajdos has a general practice of law, The Law Offices of Michael A. Gajdos, PC in Central Islip, which focuses on the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and appellate practice and real estate. Gajdos served as the Town of Islip Conservative vice chairman from 2009 until stepping down recently when he was nominated as a candidate for the state Supreme Court. Gajdos is also serving as the assistant village prosecutor for the Village of Patchogue, a position he has held since 2011, and is the vice-chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for Islip Town, having been appointed in 2009 and re-appointed in 2015. In 1997, Gajdos started his legal career as a Suffolk assistant district attorney, working in the narcotics bureau, appeals bureau and economic crime bureau, investigating and prosecuting white-collar criminal cases. He also was a courtroom supervisor assigned to the District Court Bureau. He left in 2003 to be a partner of Russo & Gajdos, LLP. In 1994, he received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. Gajdos earned a law degree from Touro Law College in 1997. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1998. Gajdos is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, and is past president of the Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers’ Association.