Republican candidate accuses governor of breaking tradition
The Republican head of the senate Judiciary Committee said he was "disappointed" Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed over Judge Victoria Graffeo.
James McGovern, a ten-year veteran of the Eastern District, takes over a young office for Loretta Lynch
Justice Leslie Stein fits nicely into Cuomo's ramped-up women's agenda, even as observers see an independent jurist.
Governor replaces sitting Republican with newcomer Leslie Stein
Gay and women's rights activists see a governor on their side as they hope to derail a Graffeo renomination.
Among most of the picks for the vacant court seat are overlapping interests or allegiances with the governor.
Democrats, including the senate conference's leader, have lined up in opposition to her reappoint, while Republicans are supporting her.
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick called Judge Graffeo 'hostile' to the LGBT community.