Hochul’s chief judge pick controversial for some lawmakers

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Gov. Hochul has selected Justice Hector LaSalle to be chief judge. If approved, he would be New York’s first chief judge of Puerto Rican heritage.

Some state senators have opposed LaSalle before a public hearing or discussion – claiming they’re not interested in another prosecutor, but someone more in line with the values of the majority of the Senate.

If denied the position, it would be the first rejection of a nominee since 1974, when New York shifted to a candidate selected by the governor, as opposed to one being elected to the office.