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Who will be the top judge in New York?

Governor Kathy Hochul will soon choose the judge that will lead New York State’s top court.

There were seven candidates submitted by the state Commission on Judicial Nomination Wednesday. Between December 8 and 23, Hochul will make her decision.

One of the nominations is Associate Judge Anthony Cannataro, who is currently a sitting member of the top court.


Other candidates include

  • Yale Law School Professor Abbe Gluck
  • Appellate Division President Justice Hector LaSalle
  • Albany Law School Dean Alicia Ouellette
  • Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson
  • Associate Justice of the Appellate Division Jeffry Oing
  • Associate Justice of the Appellate Division Corey L. Stoughton
  • the attorney-in-charge at The Legal Aid Society

People are watching Hochul’s decision closely because whoever she chooses will greatly impact politics in New York State. One example of a top judge’s influence is the ruling that rejected the redistricting maps because they were deemed unconstitutional.

Lawmakers are asking for a judge that would represent the diversity in the state as well as having a background as a public defender.

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