Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson Announce The Confirmation Of Jonathan Lippman For Chief Judge Of The Court Of Appeals

Malcolm A. Smith

February 11, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson and Ranking Member George Maziarz announced today the confirmation of Jonathan Lippman, Governor Paterson’s nominee for Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Judge Lippman is now the highest judicial officer in the State of New York, succeeding former Chief Judge Judith Kaye.

"Judge Lippman has demonstrated a commanding knowledge of the law and has shown himself to be among our state’s finest jurists," said Senator Smith. "His record of reforming our state’s judicial system and the respect he has earned within his profession, make him a remarkable choice to succeed Judge Kaye and continue the growth that began under her leadership. I applaud the Governor for giving New Yorkers a nominee who will be a great Chief Judge. "

"I congratulate Judge Lippman on the overwhelming support he received in today’s confirmation vote and commend him for working so closely with my committee and our members through this vetting process," said Chairman Sampson. "He understands that even in 2009, problems continue to exist within the courts. I have complete faith that he will partner with us as we create a fairer, more diverse, and impartial judicial system."

"It is a testament to Judge Lippman’s ability, skills and intellect that he was confirmed with unanimous support by the State Senate. I was personally honored to have seconded his nomination on the floor," said Senator Maziarz (R-North Tonawanda).