- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Commission on Judicial Nomination has requested recommendations and applications for New York’s highest court, which has two upcoming vacancies.

The Court of Appeals‘ seven judges are appointed to 14-year terms. But they must retire at the end of the year they turn 70.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to nominate candidates this year from the commission’s lists of three to seven candidates the panel considers well qualified.

They are subject to Senate confirmation.

The first vacancy is for Judge Victoria Graffeo, who was named to the court by Republican Gov. George Pataki in 2000. Her term expires Nov. 29.

The second is for Judge Robert Smith, who must retire Jan. 1. He was named to the court by Pataki in 2003.

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