Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye's final State of the Judiciary speech

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(NY Times (James Barron): State's Top Judge, Now 70, Gives Her Farewell Speech)

After delivering what she called her "swan song," an hourlong speech on Wednesday in which she said her role as "chief plaintiff" in a lawsuit over judicial pay "sickens me," the state's chief judge said she had not endorsed anyone as her successor. "I'm waiting to see the list" of seven potential candidates recommended by a state commission, the chief judge, Judith S. Kaye, said after her speech on the state of the state judiciary. The panel will forward the names to Gov. David A. Paterson next month, and he is expected to nominate a new chief judge in January. Judge Kaye also said that if the governor called and asked for her thoughts, "I would hand him my state of the judiciary and tell him to read it carefully." Judge Kaye, who was the first woman to become chief judge when she was elevated in 1993 and is now the longest-serving chief judge in the state's history, will step down at the end of the year, having reached 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges. She had been an associate judge on the Court of Appeals for 10 years when Gov. Mario M. Cuomo promoted her to chief judge.


Webcast Available to View Online

Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye's final State of the Judiciary speech will be available over the Internet at

The chief judge, who is stepping down Dec. 31 because of the courts' mandatory retirement age of 70, is speaking today at 1 p.m. at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, 566 Laguardia Place, in Manhattan.

It is the first State of the Judiciary address Chief Judge Kaye has given outside of Albany in her 15 years as chief judge.

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