State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins explains why she voted against Gov. Hochul's choice for chief judge

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke with News 12 senior reporter Tara Rosenblum in Yonkers and weighed in on the impromptu floor vote on Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Feb 17, 2023, 1:24 AM

Updated 467 days ago

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State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke Thursday afternoon about her pivotal role in the rejection of Gov. Kathy Hochul's first pick for chief judge.
Stewart-Cousins spoke with News 12 senior reporter Tara Rosenblum in Yonkers and weighed in on the impromptu floor vote on Wednesday.
The vote ended with a 39-20 decision against advancing nominee Hector LaSalle.
The vote came after the Senate Judiciary Committee also voted against LaSalle last month, which angered Hochul because she wanted the full chamber to weigh in.
A Republican lawmaker then filed a lawsuit pushing for a floor vote.
Lasalle would have been New York's first Latino chief judge.
Hochul says she is now going to move forward to pick a new nominee.


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