The Associated Press - February 25, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. David Paterson is scheduled to swear in the state's new chief judge today. Judge Jonathan Lippman of Rye Brook has already been confirmed by the state Senate and has been presiding over the Court of Appeals. Paterson is to swear him in at noon at the Court of Appeals in Albany. Lippman replaces Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who retired Dec. 31. He was a longtime administrative judge before being selected to head the state's sprawling court system. While noting Lippman's qualifications, several senators criticized the selection process. They say the Commission on Judicial Nomination failed to include any women, and only one minority, on its short list of seven potential nominees.