Cuomo Waiting To Pick Judge For Top Court

ALBANY (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he’s waiting until 14 days after the deadline in the law for nominating his next choice for the state’s highest court so the state Senate won’t face a confirmation deadline that falls the day before the Nov. 4 election.

A state commission 30 days ago sent Cuomo a list of seven attorneys and judges who applied and were found qualified. Six are Democrats like the governor, while the seventh is Judge Victoria Graffeo, a Republican whose 14-year term is expiring.

The Court of Appeals’ seven judges review lower court decisions, interpret statutes and the state’s constitution, and often make case law for New York.