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THE CORRUPTED "MERIT SELECTION" "PROCESS"
TO NEW YORK HIGHEST STATE COURT


SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARINGS
ON "MERIT SELECTION" TO THE NY COURT OF APPEALS -- 2009


HOWARD A. LEVINE
1993

C
ARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK
1993 -- initial appointment

ALBERT M. ROSENBLATT  
1998

VICTORIA A. GRAFFEO

2000

SUSAN P. READ
2003

ROBERT S. SMITH
2004

EUGENE F. PIGOTT, JR.
2006

THEODORE T. JONES, JR.
2007

J
UDITH S. KAYE
2007

JONATHAN LIPPMAN
2009

JANET DiFIORE
2015-2016

MICHAEL GARCIA
2016

MADELINE SINGAS
ANTHONY CANNATARO

2021

SHIRLEY TROUTMAN
2021

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OTHER "MERIT SELECTION"
APPOINTMENTS & CONFIRMATIONS TO THE COURT OF APPEAL --

JENNY RIVERA

December 14, 2012
"Governor Cuomo Announces Nomination for the Court of Appeals"

VIDEO of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 4, 2013 hearing
to confirm Jenny Rivera as associate judge
--
only witness testimony supportive of the nominee by NYS Trial Lawyers Association,
NYS Bar Association, CUNY Law School Dean -- 

February 11, 2013
"
Governor Cuomo Announces Confirmation of Jenny Rivera to NYS Court of Appeals"

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Professor Bonaventre article -- February 4, 2013

Professor Bonaventre article January 21, 2013

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SHEILA ABDUS-SALAAM

December 4, 2012  [misdated]
"Governor Cuomo Announces Nomination for the Court of Appeals"

December 5, 2012  [misdated]
"Governor Cuomo Announces Confirmation of Sheila Abdus-Salaam to NYS Court of Appeals"

VIDEO of Senate Judiciary Committee's April 30, 2013 hearing
to confirm the nomination of Sheila Abdus-Salaam as associate judge
--
only witness testimony supportive of the nominee by Albany Law School professor
& New York State Bar Association President  
VIDEO of testimony of Justice Abdus-Salaam

Investiture

June 20, 2013
"Statement From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Swearing In
of Sheila Abdus-Salaam to NYS Court of Appeals
"

* * *

LESLIE E. STEIN & EUGENE M. FAHEY

October 17, 2014
"Governor Cuomo to Nominate Judge Leslie E. Stein
to Serve on the New York Court of Appeals
"

January 15, 2015
"Governor Cuomo to Nominate Justice Eugene M. Fahey
 to Serve on the New York Court of Appeals
"

VIDEO of Senate Judiciary Committee's February 9, 2015 hearing
to confirm the nominations of Leslie Stein
& Justice Eugene Fahey as associate judges --
no witness testimony, other than by the two nominees

February 9, 2015
"Governor Cuomo Announces Confirmation of Leslie E. Stein
and Eugene M. Fahey to Court of Appeals
"

-------

"Governor Cuomo publicly buys off Judge Leslie Stein
with a Court of Appeals nomination...
",
Tatiana Neroni, October 28, 2014

"Why wouldn't Judge Leslie Stein of the Appellate Division, Third Department
practice what she preaches -- professionalism in the law?
"
Tatiana Neroni, October 28, 2014 

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PAUL G. FEINMAN

June 15, 2017
"
Governor Cuomo to Nominate Justice Paul G. Feinman
to Serve as an Associate Judge on the New York Court of Appeals
"

VIDEO of Senate Judiciary Committee's June 20, 2017 meeting/hearing
to confirm the nomination of Paul Feinman as associate judge   you-tube

Chair Bonacic:   “We are here to consider the nominee for the Court of Appeals, Paul Feinman, but before I continue, we are honored today  by having three distinguished members of the Court of Appeals attend today: the chief judge is here, Janet DiFiore, Leslie Stein, and Rowan Wilson… Let me just say, normally, because this was a little rushed, we did not have the formal public hearing notice requirements to comply, but had we done that we would have had the president of the bar association and the president of the trial attorneys come forward and give their comments as to the nominee.  So, they’re both here.  So, as a practical matter, whether it was a formal public hearing, or not, we will be hearing from those individuals that will weigh in on the qualifications of Judge Feinman.   So, this, as you know, it is a special Judiciary Committee meeting.  It’s Governor Cuomo’s Court of Appeal nominee, Judge Paul Feinman.  During the time, I already spoke as to why we didn’t hold a public meeting.  

Ranking Member Hoylman:   I do want to thank you for the timely convening of this Committee and the Governor for bringing forward such a stellar appointment today.”

June 21, 2017
"Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the Confirmation
of Judge Paul G. Feinman to the Court of Appeals
"

--------------------

June 16, 2017
"Historic: First openly LGBT judge Nominated To New York Court of Appeals"
LAMBDA

June 20, 2017
"State poised to confirm first openly gay judge to state's high court"
WMHT- NY-Now  (Karen DeWitt)

June 21, 2017
"First Openly Gay Judge Confirmed for New York's Highest Court"
New York Times (James McKinley)

June 21, 2017 NYT facebook

June 21, 2017
"First openly gay judge confirmed for state's highest court"
AP

June 21, 2017
"Senate confirms Court of Appeals nominee Paul Feinman"
Albany Times Union (Matthew Hamilton)

VIDEO --- June 29, 2017 Senator Bonacic discusses confirmation of Paul Feinman

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