New York Court of Appeals

Albany, NY

New York will soon have a new top judge, now that the current Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals is approaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.  Westchester District Attorney and Cuomo ally Janet DiFiore, is on the list as a potential replacement.

A state commission has put seven lawyers on the short list for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pick to be New York's next top judge.

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Judge Susan Read plans to retire after more than 12 years on New York's highest court, which hears appeals from lower courts and often makes case law for the state.

Albany, NY

For the first time in months, the state’s highest court has all seven judges on the bench, now that the State Senate has confirmed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s two newest choices on the court.

The confirmation of Judges Eugene Fahey and Leslie Stein sailed through the State Senate, after Governor Cuomo put off announcing his choices, and the Senate delayed scheduling hearings, despite state laws requiring that vacancies on the court be filled promptly.

NY State's Top Court To Review Local Fracking Bans

Aug 30, 2013
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New York's highest court has agreed to hear appeals from a drilling company and a farmer challenging municipal bans on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The Court of Appeals, without comment Thursday, has accepted two cases where lower courts upheld bans in the upstate towns of Middlefield in Otsego County and Dryden, near Ithaca.

A midlevel court unanimously concluded that state mining and drilling law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use.

NY top court putting documents online

Jan 21, 2013
Albany, NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Court of Appeals is launching an online service to improve filing records and briefs that for the first time offers access to documents through a searchable database.

The system, called Court-PASS, will be kept as a permanent public archive for documents related to cases at the state's highest court that were pending or filed after Jan. 1.