Rosamaria Abbate, 46, of Port Jefferson, is running on the Democratic and the Working Families party lines. She has served as principal law clerk to Associate Justice Hector D. LaSalle of the Appellate Division of the 2nd Judicial Department since January 2009. Abbate was a Suffolk County assistant district attorney from 1998-2008, prosecuting criminal cases. From 1995 to 1998, she began her legal career in the Suffolk County attorney’s office, where she worked on civil matters. In 1992, Abbate graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree. Three years later, she earned her law degree from the Touro College Law Center. Abbate was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1996. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association.