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State Sen. Rachel May says Judge LaSalle’s appointment as chief judge would be ‘terrible choice’

State Senator Rachel May is among nine Democrat lawmakers expected to vote against Judge Hector LaSalle’s appointment as chief judge in the state Court of Appeals.

Why? The Syracuse-area lawmaker, like other progressive Democrats in the state legislature, say his court record is too conservative.


“Honestly, I think he really is a terrible choice,” May told Syracuse.com while explaining her logic behind the expected ‘no’ vote.

LaSalle’s judicial record is a sticking point, despite Hochul proposing him as a leader for progressive viewpoints. May said LaSalle’s appointment would tip the court toward a view that favors prosecutors over defendants and past opinions on abortion and labor issues.

If appointed, LaSalle would lead the seven-member Court of Appeals.



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