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Hochul calls for political unity, but Democrats may derail LaSalle confirmation

As Governor Kathy Hochul was inaugurated for her first full term on Sunday, she called for unity in the often-contentious world of New York politics.

However, one area where Hochul is currently facing backlash involves the confirmation of her nominee for the state’s top court, Judge Hector LaSalle. This time though opposition isn’t from Republicans – it’s largely from Democrats.

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Recently, the number of Democrats in the state Senate who said they would vote against LaSalle’s confirmation has significantly increased, meaning Hochul would need Republican votes for approval.

Furthermore, influential lawmakers are speaking out against the nomination, with Deputy Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris, unions, and criminal justice advocacy groups urging Hochul should withdraw the nomination.

LaSalle’s prior rulings on cases involving organized labor and background as a former assistant district attorney in Suffolk County have caused concern among progressives. Hochul is attempting to salvage the nomination, which requires confirmation by the state Senate.



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