Protestors rally outside Court of Appeals for a more liberal chief judge
"We Don’t Want Another Prosecutor"
A group of protestors held a rally outside of the Court of Appeals in Albany on Thursday as they attacked the court’s recent right-wing decisions and called upon the next chief judge of the court to be more socially conscious.
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has served in the role since 2016, but resigned three years early this past summer and will be replaced by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
While New York State has taken a political step towards the left in recent years, the Court of Appeals has come under attack for being too conservative by many. The former Chief Judge DiFiore, the current acting Chief Judge Anthony Cannataro, Hon. Michael Garcia, and Hon. Madeline Singas have formed a four-person bloc that has voted together in 96 of 98 decisions published in the court’s last term.
“Under our last Chief Judge, our state’s highest court — the one we need to protect our rights when the U.S. Supreme Court is gutting those rights — has been on the side of the powerful and against all the rest of us,” said Marvin Mayfield, director at the Center for Community Alternatives. “We need a Chief Judge who has a demonstrated commitment to preserving, protecting, and advancing the civil and social rights of all New Yorkers, who shares New Yorkers’ values and brings professional diversity to the Court.”