Gov. Hochul stands by chief judge nominee

Gov. Kathy Hochul is doubling down on her nominee for chief judge, Hector LaSalle, report NewsChannel 13’s media partners at The Post-Star.

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NewsChannel 13’s media partners at the Post Star.

Prominent state Democrats and Latino leaders joined the governor in asking that LaSalle receive a fair hearing on Wednesday. They’re pushing back on claims that he is too conservative, and his nomination should be withdrawn.

Hochul pledged Saturday to stand by LaSalle — a veteran judge who would be the first judge of Puerto Rican heritage to lead the seven-member high court.

The governor called him “eminently qualified” for the position.