Judicial nominee a Cuomo contributor, former underling

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One of the finalists for a spot on New York’s top court not only once worked for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo but also has donated more than $84,000 to his campaigns during the past eight years.

Maria T. Vullo made more than 20 separate contributions to Cuomo since December 2005, state Board of Elections records show. She was one of seven people nominated by a state screening panel to fill the Court of Appeals vacancy created when Judge Theodore Jones Jr. died last fall.

One of Vullo’s contributions apparently occurred after she applied to the screening committee. Records show she donated $1,500 on Jan. 8 -- 18 days after the Commission on Judicial Nominations closed the application period.

Cuomo has until April 6 to select among the seven nominees.

Vullo is currently a partner at the venerable Paul, Weiss law firm in Manhattan. But in 2010, she served as executive deputy attorney general for economic justice when Cuomo was New York’s attorney general.

Last month, the governor made his first appointment to the seven-member Court of Appeals: Jenny Rivera, a Bronx law professor who once worked for Cuomo when he was attorney general.

 

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