Without Recommendation, COA Nominee Advances

, New York Law Journal


The close vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of law professor Jenny Rivera for the Court of Appeals sends a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo that the Legislature will not rubber-stamp his judicial nominations, observers say.

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What's being said

  • Robert J. Genis, Esq.

    With no disrespect intended to any of the well qualified candidates on the short list or Prof. Rivera, I do not understand how Gov. Cuomo omitted Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels from consideration for appointment to the Court. Justice Manzanet-Daniels is an experienced, intelligent and knowledgeable jurist with an admirable track record. A hard working judge that has served in Civil Court, Supreme Court and the Appellate Division, she is a credit to all lawyers and judges. For the benefit of all New Yorkers, I hope that our Governor considers her in the future.

  • Natalino Tartufato

    All this rhetoric misses the real reason why the Great and Mighty Oz has chosen Rivera - she was his assistant for 2 years when he was AG. Loyalty to the Great and Mighty is the factor that transcends all others in this appointment.

    On the other hand, somebody needs to give the esteemed Mr. Bonacic a few lessons a couple of lessons in 21st century political discourse and remind Ms. Hassel-Thompson that we are living in this century. The level of discourse is pathetic.

    The real issue here is not Rivera, but her boss. Nobody, including 99.9 percent of lawyers, could name the judges on the Court of Appeals. So, other than make for entertainment for those of us who read the Law Journal, nobody really gives a rat's ass.

  • Salamon Davis, Esq.

    I am 63 years old appellate attorney. Ms. Rivera was my professor in Law School. She is a superior choice for the Court. Her depth of knowledge and intelligence is quite challenging and enlightening.

    Whether she is a liberal or conservative, Hispanic, Jewish or of any other ethnic background is not a condition for judicial appointment. That she is aware of the circumstances of minorities, not a conservative or liberal rubber stamp, is one the factors that make her a profoundly suitable candidate for the States highest Court.

    Trial practice is not the the standard for the Court of Appeals where decisions are limited to facts of law. She is academically smart and is street smart. This is the kind of Justice that I would be very comfortable making a legal argument.

    Ms. Rivera, is not a pushover. She is a highly qualified legal expert and of suitable temperament to sit on the state's highest Court.

    She has my vote all the way.

    Salamon Davis, Esq.

  • Really?

    It is disappointing that the governor believes the best candidate for the State's highest court is someone with no judicial experience and little experience in practice.

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