Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on the Nomination of Janet DiFiore for Chief Judge

December 1, 2015

“I congratulate DA Janet DiFiore on her nomination to become Chief Judge in the New York Court of Appeals, and congratulate Governor Cuomo for his wise choice. Janet will make a great Chief Judge because she is experienced, ethical, and highly respected both as a prosecutor and as a statewide leader in our legal community. I have had the privilege of working closely with Janet in several capacities: as a fellow District Attorney, as President of the District Attorneys Association of State of New York, and on the New York State Justice Task Force. She has dedicated her career to ensuring public safety and fairness in our criminal justice system and has led the way in seeking to raise the age of criminal responsibility, a commitment I share. I am confident that we’ll be able to make progress on this issue with her at the helm. As a prosecutor and judge, District Attorney DiFiore brings a diversity of experience to the position, and I know she will serve and protect all New Yorkers’ best interests as Chief Judge.”