New York Governor Reveals New Court Nominee

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( – The Court of Appeals is known as the highest court in the state of New York, and New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) has the responsibility of choosing a nominee for the court’s Chief Judge. Last week, Hochul revealed that she was nominating someone new for the position after the state’s legislature shot down her previous choice.

Taking to Twitter, Hochul announced that she would be nominating Judge Rowan Wilson to take on the head position in the Court of Appeals. She proceeded to state that she also intended to recommend Caitlin Halligan as Associate Judge. She also added that both of these jurists were “highly qualified” and “thoughtful” and they would help ensure “justice” was given “to all.”

Wilson, who currently works for the Court of Appeals as an associate judge, would be court’s the first Black chief judge, if confirmed, according to The Hill.

Previously, the state Senate chose to reject Hochul’s first choice, Justice Hector LaSalle. The Governor had touted him as “overwhelmingly qualified” for the position. Still, a number of Democrats scrutinized the pick while picking apart his judicial record. The rejection was a significant defeat for Hochul.

Time will tell whether Wilson fairs better under Senate scrutiny. Wilson has been Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals for the last six years. Meanwhile, Halligan currently works with Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC, a law firm.

In her statement, Hochul pointed out Wilson’s record and added that Halligan was going to help provide a “critical perspective to our justice system.” Wilson and Halligan will both face the state’s Senate for confirmation.

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