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James M. Odato | June 8, 2014 in TimesUnion
The next governor of the state of New York will be able to fill numerous positions on the increasingly important Court of Claims. In fact, more than half the bench could be replaced in the next year.
The jurists of the court, which handles suits against the state, are being tapped to serve on the state Supreme Court to take up caseload, thereby avoiding the need to run for election to the higher court, so the jobs come with more power than in the past.
Those appointed get picked for the nine-year posts after a political process involving the governor and the Legislature, and the incumbent governor, Andrew Cuomo, has signalled that he will attempt to change the control of the Senate he needs for his appointees to be confirmed.
The Court of Claims judge's are paid $174,000. The jobs are considered plums for many lawyers who typically serve for years as aides to the governor or the top leaders of the Senate and Assembly. At this writing, 42 judges on the court have terms that will have to be extended or filled with someone else within the next...