Judge Eugene M. Fahey of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court is one of seven individuals to be nominated for the State Court of Appeals following the death in November of Associate Judge Theodore T. Jones, the Commission on Judicial Nomination announced Thursday.
Fahey, 61, also was nominated for the post last year by the commission. The seven-member Court of Appeals is the state’s highest court. Western New York is already represented on the bench by Associate Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. of Grand Island, who was appointed to the court in 2006.
A 1984 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School, Fahey worked in his private legal practice from 1985 to 1993. He was a member of Buffalo’s Common Council before and after law school – in 1978-1983 and 1988-1994 – including serving as majority leader.
Fahey was a Buffalo City Court judge in 1995-1996 and a State Supreme Court justice in 1997-2006 before he was named to the Appellate Division in 2006.
None of the other six nominees for the Court of Appeals vacancy is from Western New York. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo must appoint one of the seven nominees sometime between 15 and 30 days after receiving the report from the commission. The State Senate then has 30 days to confirm or reject.