New York, NY (Wednesday, January 4, 2023) – Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY, issued the following statement in support of Governor Hochul’s nomination of Judge Hector LaSalle to the position of Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. The nomination has received pushback from Democrats, while Republicans have voiced support for Dem. Hochul’s choice.
“Thank you to Governor Hochul for nominating Judge Hector LaSalle to be Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and for his intent to appoint the Honorable Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson to serve as Chief Administrative Judge.
This nomination spotlights the Governor’s outstanding commitment to diversity New York State’s leadership in government. If confirmed, Judge LaSalle will be the first Latino Chief Judge, and his nomination meets the moment. His unique qualifications, decades of experience, and reputation as a consensus-builder is needed now more than ever. Judge LaSalle will serve as a pillar, protecting our civil rights, values, and justice. I commend Governor Hochul for her nomination and urge the Senate to have a public hearing and support the confirmation of Judge Hector LaSalle.”
About Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC)
The Conference of National Black Churches is the premiere public policy and social justice expression of the Black ecclesiastical denominations we represent in America. CNBC is comprised of the national leadership of the largest historically Black denominations in America, representing more than 80% of African American Christians across this nation that have a combined membership of over 25 million people and 30,000 congregations.
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