NY Gov. Hochul responds to judge nominee denial

In an anticipated setback, Governor Kathy Hochul’s choice to lead New York’s highest court was rejected by a state Senate panel.
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 8:12 AM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - After a state Senate panel rejected her choice to lead New York’s highest court, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the hearing was not fair.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted not to forward Hector LaSalle’s Court of Appeals nomination to the full Senate after questioning him for more than four hours yesterday.

Most of Hochul’s fellow Democrats voted against LaSalle, finding him too conservative.

Hochul responded in a statement, saying, in part: ”While this was a thorough hearing, it was not a fair one, because the outcome was predetermined. Several Senators stated how they were going to vote before the hearing even began - including those who were recently given seats on the newly expanded Judiciary Committee.”

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