Gov. Kathy Hochul nominated Western New York appellate judge and former prosecutor Shirley Troutman to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat on the state’s top court on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Troutman will take the place of Eugene Fahey for a 14-year term on the seven-member New York State Court of Appeals, as Fahey plans to depart from the bench at the end of the year because of reaching the mandatory retirement age.
“Justice Troutman has a brilliant legal mind, a fair-minded judicial philosophy, sterling qualifications, and a commitment to equal justice that guides her approach from the bench,” said Hochul in a statement. “I am confident she will serve with distinction on the New York State Court of Appeals.”