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Hector Lasalle is nominated by NY Governor to serve as State’s Chief Judge

By 12/22/2022 8:21 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

On Thursday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul proposed Hector D. LaSalle for the state’s highest court’s chief judge position, making him the first Latino to hold the post and the most powerful judge in the state.

LaSalle would preside over New York’s entire judicial system and the seven-member supreme court if confirmed by the state Senate.

Democratic nominee Hochul characterized LaSalle as an “excellent jurist” who will concentrate on “increasing access to justice for New Yorkers” in a written statement announcing the nomination.

LaSalle announced that Edwina G. Richard-Mendelson would be named chief administrative judge, managing the daily operations of the state’s court system.

In a written statement, he stated, “I am dedicated to leading the Court with integrity and fairness, preserving justice, and protecting the rights of New Yorkers.”

However, some community and advocacy groups are urging Congress to reject his nomination due to some of his prior decisions.

According to Peter Martin, director of the advocacy group Judicial Accountability at the Center for Community Alternatives, “Justice LaSalle’s strongly conservative judicial record includes decisions that are anti-abortion, anti-union, and anti-due process.”

His rulings demonstrate that his judicial philosophy is inappropriate for New York.

 

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