Meli, 64, of Glen Cove, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. He has served as a Nassau County District Court judge since February 2015. Meli worked as a litigation bureau chief for the Nassau County Attorney's Office from May 2014 to February 2015. He was a deputy county comptroller for the Nassau County's Comptroller's Office from 2013-2014 and worked at Cuomo, LLC in Manhattan and Mineola from 2000-2013. Meli was a senior trial attorney at the Law Office of Joseph D'Elia in Huntington from 1994-2000 and a senior associate for Roemer & Featherstonhaugh in Manhattan from 1991-1994. From 1988-1991, Meli was managing partner and senior trial counsel at Kroll & Tract in Mineola, and from 1980-1988 he was associate counsel for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in Manhattan. Meli graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree in 1972 and earned a law degree from New York Law School in 1980. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981.