Cuomo Fills 4 Appellate Division Vacancies

, New York Law Journal


New York state's mid-level appeals court, struggling with a judicial vacancy rate of 23 percent, finally got some help on Friday, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo filled four of the 15 openings statewide with appointments to the Appellate Division's downstate departments.

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    Governor Cuomo’s excellence in judicial picks, and bipartisan at that, is a gift to all hardworking New Yorkers who wish to have merit-based resolution of their disputes in a fair and impartial court. That each of these justices have earned their loftier appointment, with hard work and dedicated public service, serves to buttress the well-earned reputation of the appellate bench they have been appointed to. A hearty and heartfelt congratulations to each is due, and given.Luckily, when Governor Cuomo is ready to make more appointments, a statewide judicial team of excellence awaits in the “dugout.”Every time an executive appoints or nominates a judge, democracy’s latent gift, judge-birth, is visible, albeit, forgotten at the ballot box. When in fact, the type of judges appointed or nominated and confirmed ought to be remembered by every voters when casting their ballot to elect or re-elect the executive and the senate-confirmators, as the case may be. After all, it is the Third Branch of government that touches each citizen in a most personal way, seeking to give a full measure of justice for all - the core of American exceptionalism.Dated: 1/19/14/s/Ravi Batra

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