Manhattan Democratic Party Statement on Governor’s Nomination of Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals

We respect Justice LaSalle’s service to the public, and admire the Governor’s thoughtful approach to this appointment. We understand how, earlier in this process, many of our state’s leaders would find his candidacy compelling. In recent days, a closer examination of Justice LaSalle’s record has caused our party to believe that another jurist would be better suited to lead our state’s highest court. Further, Justice LaSalle brings a prosecutorial background to the bench, of which the Court already has adequate representation. We respectfully request that the Governor withdraw the nomination and put forward a new nominee whose record better shows a commitment to the Governor’s vision for an equitable and just New York.