1999-08-14 / Front Page

Waldon Ponders

Judgeship Stalled

Although it’s been an undeniably slow process Senator Al Waldon sees no obstacles in his path to becoming a state judge. He said expects confirmation to take place when the Senate returns to Albany in the early fall.

Waldon’s optimism, notwithstanding, is at odds with an Albany insider who told The Wave that the "nomination is pending but it really is dead."

Republican Governor George Pataki, reportedly ruffled some feathers some months back when he selected Waldon a Democrat for the position. Following Pataki’s selection, Senate Leader Joseph Bruno, a Republican, seemed in no hurry to initiate confirmation hearings as the weeks went by. Now, with the senate out of session, Waldon’s candidacy remains idle.

The possibility of a special election to fill Waldon’s senate seat went by the wayside as well.

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