Senator John Sampson, a 1991 Albany Law graduate, has been appointed chair of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee.
His first order of business in convening the state Judiciary Committee will be to hold hearings to evaluate the criteria used by the state's Commission on Judicial Nomination during its selection process. The committee is also involved in the process to appoint a successor to replace retired New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye.
After graduating from Albany Law School, Senator Sampson became a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York, representing clients in administrative and housing court proceedings. In 1993, he joined the firm of Alter and Barbaro, Esqs., where he currently represents clients in real estate, criminal and election matters.
Senator Sampson, a Democrat, was elected to the New York State Senate in 1996. He represents the 19th Senatorial District, which encompasses Canarsie, East Flatbush, Parts of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East New York, portions of Old Mill Basin, Spring Creek Towers, and parts of Midwood and Kensington.