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Cuomo nominates litigator for seat on top court

Jan 17, 2017 12:03 am

Colby Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential Manhattan attorney Rowan D. Wilson has been nominated to the state’s highest court by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Wilson has spent 30 years as a litigator with Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where he practiced antitrust, intellectual property, contract, securities fraud, entertainment and media law. If confirmed by the state Senate, Wilson would replace former judge Eugene Pigott, who retired from the bench at the end of 2016. “The New York State Court of Appeals embodies the highest values of government service, and I am confident Rowan Wilson will continue to articulate and uphold the principles of law and fairness that embody the best of New York. ...[H]e has the intellect, integrity, and compassion we need to continue moving New York forward,” Cuomo said in a statement. Wilson is African-American, and if approved, his presence on the Court of Appeals will make it the most racially and ethnically diverse court in its history. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.