NY Senate Confirms GOP Ex-prosecutor For Top Court

ALBANY (AP/Hamodia) -

The New York Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia to the last vacancy on the state’s highest court, shortly after the chief judge was sworn in.

Garcia, most recently a partner at a New York City law firm, was the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan from 2005 to 2008. He’s the pick of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but has promised senators that he would be independent.

Garcia is a Republican whose office’s investigation led to the 2008 resignation of New York’s Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He replaces Judge Susan Read, who retired.

The vote came shortly after Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s swearing-in ceremony. DiFiore will lead the state’s judiciary.