As of December 31, New York state has no chief judge of the Court of Appeals. It’s the second time in recent years that either Gov. Andrew Cuomo or the state Senate have missed a deadline to fill the slot.
Current Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is forced to retire at the end of 2015. Lippman has reached the age of 70, and under New York state law, he must step down from the bench. In an exit interview with the statewide public television show New York Now, Lippman criticized that age limit set in law, calling it the “constitutional age of senility.”