ALBANY — Six sitting judges and a lawyer with ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were nominated Thursday by a screening commission to fill a vacancy on New York’s top court.
Eric Corngold, who served as Cuomo’s deputy for “economic justice” when the latter was state attorney general from 2007-10, was among the candidates forwarded by the state Commission on Judicial Nomination. Corngold, now a private attorney specializing in white-collar criminal defense, previously represented Patrick Foye during the “Bridgegate” investigation. Foye was working as Cuomo’s designee as executive director of the Port Authority at that time.
The commission nominated six other candidates, all sitting judges: Paul Feinman (currently an Appellate Division justice); Judith Gische (Appellate Division); Rosalyn Richter (Appellate Division); Mary Kay Vyskocil (U.S. Bankruptcy Court); Troy Karen Webber (Appellate Division); and Gerald Whalen (Appellate Division).
The governor will choose among the seven to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York’ top court, left by the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who police said died of an apparent suicide in April. His choice would have to be confirmed by the state Senate.
Cuomo, a Democrat, has appointed all other six judges on the court. He previously had asked the commission to speed up its timetable — it originally didn’t expect to produce a list of candidates till August — so the Senate could consider a nomination before the scheduled end of the 2017 legislative session, set for June 21.