Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced the nomination of Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to serve as the next Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals – the state’s highest court – as well as the head of the state’s judiciary.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Janet DiFiore is tremendously qualified to serve as Chief Judge of the State Court of Appeals.  She has served as both judge and prosecutor, and has spent her career working to ensure justice and fairness for New Yorkers. She has led crucial reform efforts to make our judicial system both more effective and more efficient, and I am confident that she would continue this leadership on the Court of Appeals.”

Ms. DiFiore has served as Westchester County D.A. since 2006; she previously served as a Westchester County Court judge and a State Supreme Court judge.  She has also served as president of the New York State District Attorneys Association, on the New York State Commission on Youth, Safety and Justice, and as Chair of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).

We do not expect the Senate to return to Albany before the end of the year to consider the nomination.