Wednesday November 7, 2012

Cuomo now has 2 vacancies to fill on N.Y. top court

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing two vacancies on New York’s top court following the death of Judge Theodore Jones Jr. and the upcoming retirement of Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick.

The Court of Appeals has seven judges appointed to 14-year terms. They must retire at the end of the year they turn 70.

The State Commission on Judicial Nomination has been screening candidates to replace Ciparick and plans to give Cuomo a slate it considers well qualified on Dec. 1. Cuomo selects a nominee.

Ciparick was appointed to the court by Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Jones died Monday of an apparent heart attack. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

The commission has up to 120 days after notice of a vacancy to give the governor a list of three to seven names.