by Susan Arbetter on Capital Tonight
According to the Fund for Modern Courts, Gov. Kathy Hochul has an important opportunity to fill the upcoming vacancy on the New York state Court of Appeals with someone who is familiar with the needs of the state’s complex judicial system. Current Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who was selected by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be stepping down from her seat on Aug. 31.
According to the chair of the Fund for Modern Courts, Bill Silverman, New York’s court system is the most complex in the country, with 11 separate trial courts, 15,000 employees and a budget of over $2 billion.