Liberals May Tank Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Pick to Lead New York’s Top Court Because He’s Too Moderate

There should have been no surprise to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul that Hector LaSalle would become an unpopular pick to lead the state’s highest court. Democratic leadership in the state Senate warned the newly-elected governor in early December that, of her seven-candidate shortlist for the judgeship, they could not guarantee the votes for LaSalle. Progressive members were deeply skeptical of the jurists’ values on abortion and labor rights.

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