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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Senator Sampson to Hold NYS Chief Judge Hearings


(Albany, NY)- Senator John Sampson, Chair of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, today, announced that his first order of business in convening the Judiciary Committee, prior to addressing the appointment of the new Chief Judge, is to hold hearings concerning the criteria employed by the Commission on Judicial Nomination during its selection process. At the hearings, Senator Sampson plans to ask members of the Commission and its Chair, John O'Mara to testify concerning how the Commission decided on its final list of candidates and the methods it employed throughout the candidate selection process. "I find it incomprehensible and deeply disturbing that not a single woman appeared on the list of qualified judicial candidates to succeed Judith Kaye, our first female Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals," said Senator Sampson. "As the birthplace of women's suffrage and civil and political rights, the Commission failed to meet the high standards and great tradition of our state when it failed to include a woman on its list of candidates for our highest court," said Senator Sampson.

The vacancy on the Court of Appeals was created by the mandatory retirement of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye on December 31, 2008. In a December 1, 2008 letter to the Governor, John O'Mara, the former lobbyist appointed by Republican Governor George Pataki to chair the eleven-member Commission, submitted a list seven candidates to fill the vacancy, but failed to include a single woman on its list. Over the past 10 years, 22 men and only 6 women have been chosen as candidates to fill the 8 vacancies that occurred during that period. "Any process that ignores the substantial role women have played in the history of our state and the judicial process is flawed," said Senator Sampson. "We need to show a true commitment to providing opportunities for all qualified candidates, particularly women. As Chair of the Judiciary Committee I want to know what went wrong and why, so it cannot be permitted to happen again," said Senator Sampson.


Representatives from the office of New York State Senator John L. Sampson have advised that confirmation hearings will be held soon regarding the nomination by Governor Paterson of the Hon. Jonathan Lippman as the state's next Chief Judge.

Senator Sampson is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the state body that will confirm or reject the Governor's choice as the state's highest justice. It was indicated that members from the Democratic and Republican leadership will soon determine exactly who will sit on the committee under Senator Sampson.

Senator Sampson's office also advised that they are accepting the public's input, either by facsimile, if under 5 pages, or by U.S. Mail.

Senator John L. Sampson Contact Informaton:

The Hon. John L. Sampson
New York State Senator and
Chairman of the NYS Judiciary Committee
506 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247

518-455-2788 telephone
518-426-6806 facsimile


Anonymous said...

I have already faxed Senator Sampson.... Please, please, everyone who reads this blog, you MUST make your thoughts known to the Senator!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm working on my letter to Senator Sampson..Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Okay, Okay....but STOP with the no women on the list patronizing, huh?

There wasn't any 'little people' on the list was there? Or former actor or firemen candidates or 'Green' candidates, cross gendered, and or hermaphrodites? or 'green' hermaphrodites, etc etc? In fact, how many 'BEST' candidates do we have to chose from.

Anonymous said...

Actually, come to think of it, Judy Kaye is a hermaphrodite isn't she?

Anonymous said...

How come the Senate website has had John A. DeFrancisco as the chair? His bio has him as the chair? Did something change?

Anonymous said...

Apparently the newly elected President has changed the application of FOIA for federal agencies. They are now to give the information requested.

Maybe it's a good time to see what was done with all those complaints made to the DOJ and FBI than never seemed to go anywhere.

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