Gov. Has the Constitutional Upper Hand in LaSalle Fight

Governor Hochul’s pick to be New York’s chief judge sits in limbo a week after the Senate’s judiciary committee voted not to report his nomination to the full Senate. Hochul may be getting ready to take Hector LaSalle’s confirmation battle to the courts.

If she does, she should prevail in her argument that her nomination must be voted on by a full Senate and not killed by a committee.

The fix was in at the outset. Hochul announced the LaSalle nomination in December. Senate Democrats expanded the Judiciary Committee from 15 members last session to 19 members beginning this month and then appointed senators opposed to LaSalle’s appointment.

Read the full piece in Empire Report.

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