Democrats in New York have an opportunity to reshape the state’s highest court to be friendlier to the leftist agenda after New York’s top judge announced she was resigning at the end of the summer.
The news Tuesday of Janet DiFiore’s departure gives Governor Kathy Hochul (D) a chance to appoint a judge to the state’s Court of Appeals, The New York Times reported.
NY top judge resigns
DiFiore said she wanted to move on to the next chapter of her career after serving as the state’s chief judge for six years. She was appointed by former governor Andrew Cuomo (D).
A former Republican who changed parties, DiFiore angered many Democrats this year when she struck down the state’s heavily gerrymandered, Democrat-drawn electoral map as unconstitutional.
Democrat Brad Hoylman, who chairs the state Senate Judiciary Committee that has to approve DiFiore’s successor, complained that the court has gotten “out of step” with New Yorkers during her tenure.
“The Court of Appeals has become increasingly out of step with the needs and desires of New Yorkers on issues such as workers’ rights, criminal justice, and tenants’ rights. It’s time for a new direction in our judicial branch,” he said.
“It’s time for a new direction in our judicial branch,” he said.
Radical Dems see opportunity
But in a resignation letter, DiFiore said the court made “incredible progress” during her tenure.
The court’s other six members will appoint a temporary replacement until Hochul names a candidate to fill the seat.
But progressives aren’t waiting to demand that Hochul, who is facing re-election against Republican congressman Lee Zeldin (NY), appoint a judge who will rubber-stamp the leftist agenda.
“With abortion, public safety, and a countless number of issues at stake, there has never been a more urgent time for Governor Hochul to appoint a progressive judge to the Court of Appeals,” said state senator and congressional candidate Alessandra Biaggi (D).
Democrats have a lock on the state legislature, which allowed Hochul to sign a Constitution-defying gun control law that requires gun owners to hand over social media accounts to the state and bans civilians from carrying firearms in “sensitive locations” including New York’s crime-infested subways.