October 21, 2021 – Before the year is over, Gov. Kathy Hochul will get a chance to leave her mark on the state’s top court, filling an upcoming vacancy with one of seven potential candidates identified by a judicial nominating commission. Vin Bonventre, a distinguished law professor with Albany Law and author of the New York Court Watcher blog, assesses the list of contenders and predicts who will join the state Court of Appeals.