NY Supreme Court judge rules governor's nominee for Court of Appeals entitled to vote before full state Senate

The lawsuit came after Democrats argued Hochul's nomination of Justice Hector LaSalle as the chief judge did not require a full vote following a judiciary committee vote against his nomination last month.

News 12 Staff

Feb 21, 2023, 11:04 PM

Updated 462 days ago

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A state Supreme Court judge ruled that a Gov. Kathy Hochul's nominee for the Court of Appeals is entitled to a vote before the full state Senate.
The lawsuit came after Democrats argued Hochul's nomination of Justice Hector LaSalle as the chief judge did not require a full vote following a judiciary committee vote against his nomination last month.
Republicans, including Long Island state Sen. Anthony Palumbo who filed the lawsuit, contended the state constitution does not allow the committee to kill the nomination.
Democrats ultimately held a full Senate vote which went against LaSalle earlier this month that they believed would end the lawsuit, but Republicans pushed forward.
The outcome of this case, including any appeals, will impact Hochul's second attempt to nominate a candidate to the state's highest court.
A spokesperson for the Majority Conference told News 12 in a statement, "We are reviewing the decision." 


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