First time a judge from the sixth judicial district has been appointed presiding justice since 1933
CHENANGO COUNTY – On January 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of local Justice Elizabeth Garry as presiding justice of the Third Department of the Appellate Division.
Justice Garry's appointment is the first time a justice from the sixth judicial district – comprising 10 counties, including Chenango – has been presiding justice of the Third Department since Justice James P. Hill, of the Town of German, retired from the position in 1948. She is also the first Democrat to hold the position.
"It's amazing, I got the phone call at home on January 1," said Justice Garry. "There were several of us who were seeking it, great candidates, so it was a process that took months."
As presiding justice, Justice Garry will be charged with the oversight of the Third Department – comprising 28 counties – including the role as the top administrative judge for the third, fourth, and sixth judicial districts.
She will also join the other three presiding justices and Chief Justice Janet DiFiore in serving on the administrative board, which sets policy and procedure for the New York State court system, and the governance of attorney conduct and privileges.
"I have the opportunity to do the best work of my life right now, I can't be more positive than I am about that," said Justice Garry. "It's with good people, and we get to serve the people. It's good government––I get to be a part of that."..