Amendment Is Mainly For Court Of Appeals

To the Readers’ Forum:

After reading the editorial appearing in the Oct. 31 edition of The Post-Journal, I feel that I must write to correct what I believe is a misunderstanding of the proposed amendment to the New York State constitution relating to the mandatory retirement of judges. I believe the only substantial effect of the amendment will be to allow sitting judges of the Court of Appeals to serve until the age of 80 years. Justices of New York State Supreme Court may already serve the additional two year terms upon certification of need and competence. I point out that the judges of Court of Appeals are appointed by a governor not elected by the people of the State of New York. Western New York currently has but one judge sitting on the Court of Appeals. Judge Pigott was appointed after a long absence of a sitting judge from this part of the state.

Robert W. Van Every

Falconer