Last week, the state’s Commission on Judicial Nominationannounced the release of its Report to the Governor, which includes the seven candidates whom the Commission views as “well qualified” to serve on the Court of Appeals.

Gov. Cuomo must choose one of these candidates to fill the vacancy that will be created in late November due to the expiration of Judge Victoria Graffeo’s 14-year term.

The Commission’s seven nominees to the Governor are:

  • Daniel Alter, General Counsel, New York State Department of Financial Services;
  • Preeta Bansal, Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School; Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, MIT Media Lab;
  • Hon. Eugene Fahey, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Fourth Department;
  • Hon. Victoria Graffeo, Senior Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals;
  • Hon. Leslie Stein, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department;
  • Maria Vullo, attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP; and
  • Rowan Wilson, attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP

The Governor is required to make his appointment from among these seven nominees between 15 and 30 days after receipt of the Commission’s Report. The Governor’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the State Senate.

Another vacancy on the Court of Appeals will occur on January 1, 2015, as a result of Associate Judge Robert Smith’s mandatory retirement by reason of age.