Last Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved Janet DiFiore to serve as the Chief Judge of the state Court of Appeals. As Chief Justice she will also oversee the state’s Unified Court System.

Judge DiFiore served as Westchester County District Attorney beginning in 2006; she previously served as a Westchester County Court judge and a State Supreme Court judge. She has also served as president of the 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).

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Janet DiFiore’s confirmation as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and head of New York’s judicial branch marks an exciting step forward for our state and for all New Yorkers. She has demonstrated unparalleled integrity and independence throughout her career as both a judge and prosecutor, and her commitment to the highest ethical standards makes her one of New York’s finest public servants. Her keen intellect, unassailable credibility, and diverse experience will serve the Court well and ensure a stronger and fairer state for all. I congratulate Chief Judge DiFiore on her confirmation, and look forward to seeing her lead the Court for years to come.”