ALBANY – Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore was confirmed by the State Senate on Thursday as chief judge of the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
Upon her confirmation, she resigned her Westchester post and First Deputy DA James McCarty is now acting District Attorney. McCarty previously served as the chief of trial operations, directly overseeing all trials in the superior and local courts of Westchester. He has been an assistant DA since 1980.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, November 8 to elect a new district attorney.
State Senator John Bonacic (R, Mt. Hope), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said DiFiore has “substantial legal and judicial experience that will serve her well during her time on the court. It is my hope that she will remain independent, be a fair arbiter of the law, and uphold equal justice for all New Yorkers.”