Statement on Governor Paterson's Naming of Hon. Jonathan Lippman as Chief Judge
"I commend Governor Paterson on his decision to name the accomplished Honorable Jonathan Lippman to serve as Chief Judge for the New York State Court of Appeals. Judge Lippman is a first-rate jurist and a leader on reforms that improve the legal process and are cost-effective to the state, including establishment of domestic violence, drug and other alternative courts which have seen high success rates in reducing recidivism. His lifetime of work in the court system and role as the longest serving Chief Administrative Judge in New York State’s history will provide the courts with an experienced leader during these challenging times."