Judicial Pick. New Yorkers are awaiting Hochul’s selection for Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. It is the highest judicial appointment in the state. The position was vacated by the retirement of Janet DiFiore. The court has had a rightward bent in recent years. There are 3 conservative and 3 progressive justices. The Chief Judge casts the deciding vote. The acting judge, Anthony Canatarro, is right leaning. He is also openly gay. All eyes are on the Governor to see if she makes his appointment permanent. Then she could select an additional justice. Hochul will be under pressure from the far left to name a liberal. Judicial Pick. The decision has far reaching implications that will be felt for years !!