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New York's governor has unilateral power to fill vacancies in the lieutenant governor's office. This unchecked power is undemocratic and risks elevating unqualified officials. In this report, the Fordham Law School Rule of Law Clinic recommends reforming the lieutenant governor replacement process. Building on a recommendation advanced by the New York State Bar Association, the clinic recommends providing the Legislature an opportunity to confirm the governor's nominees. If the Legislature rejects two nominations, the governor could choose a new lieutenant governor from among a group of elected and Senate-confirmed officials.
Fordham Law School Rule of Law Clinic
gubernatorial succession, lieutenant governor