N.Y. Governor Hochul’s pick for top judge rejected by Senate panel

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By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) -A New York state Senate panel on Wednesday rejected Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul’s nominee to become the state’s chief judge after some lawmakers and advocacy groups expressed concerns he was too conservative for the job. The Democrat-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-2 against sending the nomination of Hector LaSalle, the presiding justice of a Brooklyn-based state appeals court, to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Seven other senators voted to send the nomination to the Senate floor “without recommendation.” The vote sets up a potential legal b…

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