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Governor Appoints Lippman as State's New Chief Judge

By Mark Scott

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Albany, NY – Governor David Paterson has nominated veteran judge Jonathan Lippman as the new chief judge of the State Court of Appeals.

The Governor introduced Judge Lippman at a late morning news conference Wednesday. Paterson says Lippman has shown himself to be an effective jurist and administrator. As chief administrative judge of the state's court system, Paterson said Lippman kept the courts running effectively after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Lippman promised to continue his predecessor's efforts to obtain salary increases for the state's judges. He also said he supports a return of cameras to the state's courtrooms.

Lippman's appointment was hailed by the legal community. State Bar Association President Bernice Leber says the Bar has had a good working relationship with him.

Pending confirmation by the State Senate, Lippman would replace the longest serving chief, Judith Kaye, who left in December after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

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