Judicial Commission Wants Lawmakers to Fill It Out

ALBANY—The Commission on Judicial Nomination is seeking appointees.

Two vacancies now exist on the 12-member commission, chaired by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, which is responsible for forwarding a list of names to David Paterson when vacancies arise on the Court of Appeals. The Commission’s work was criticized by Paterson last December when it submitted a list of candidates to replace Kaye that included no women; Paterson felt it was not sufficiently diverse.

At the time, he had no appointees on the commission, and later named Kaye. Now, two seats are available after the resignation of Ed Cox, who became Republican State Committee chairman, and Frederick Brewington, who stepped down just before Kaye was appointed. Cox was appointed by the Assembly minority leader; Brewington was appointed by Paterson.

“The commission encourages Minority Leader Kolb and Governor Paterson to consider appointing highly qualified individuals from a variety of backgrounds,” commissioners said in a statement. “Similarly, the commission encourages bar associations, civic groups and other interested parties to consider recommending highly qualified individuals to Minority Leader Kolb and Governor Paterson.”