Gov. Hochul swears in court of appeals chief judge
ALBANY, NY (WENY)-- Tuesday morning Governor Kathy Hochul swore in the new chief judge for the state's Court of Appeals, Rowan Wilson.
Wilson was sworn in at the Court of Appeals in Albany.
The swearing in of Wilson, came after months of controversy around judicial nomination hearings with the state legislature. A Senate judicial committee threw out the Governor's first pick in January and then brought up the issue on the Senate floor for a vote following a lawsuit from some members. The vote ultimately sent LaSalle's fate in the same direction.
During Wilson's nomination hearing, about two months after LaSalle officially lost the nomination, some lawmakers expressed concern about Wilson's prosecution history as an associate judge.
Gov. Hochul said she is confident in Wilson's ability to restore confidence in government and the state's court system.
“I have confidence that Judge Wilson will strengthen this court, our justice system and the public,” she said.
Wilson is officially the first person of color in the state to serve over the state's court system as a chief judge.