STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Personnel switches at the top levels of the New York court system have temporarily put a Staten Island judge in a prestigious slot in the Appellate Division, the second highest court in the state.
But it remains to be seen whether borough Democrats have enough political juice with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make the appointment permanent.
State Supreme Court Justice William F. Mastro has been named the acting presiding justice of the Appellate Division's Second Department.
Mastro, 60, will temporarily fill the slot that belonged to Justice A. Gail Prudenti, who was recently appointed to replace Judge Ann Pfau as the administrative judge of the New York state courts.
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