Joshua Farrell
Joshua Farrell ()

A lawyer in the state Attorney General’s Office who is all but certain to win election to a seat on the Albany City Court has been appointed to fill another opening on the court for at least the rest of this year.

Joshua Farrell was appointed to temporarily replace former judge Thomas Keefe, whose resignation from the court took effect on Sept. 30.

Keefe resigned under a stipulation with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct after facing allegations from Albany County’s district attorney for being biased against prosecutors who appeared before him (NYLJ, Aug. 16, Aug. 22).

In making Farrell’s appointment on Sept. 29, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said it was only natural to plug Farrell into Keefe’s seat in anticipation that Farrell will be elected in November to a full, 10-year term on the City Court bench to replace the retiring Judge Rachel Kretser.

Farrell, 41, won the Democratic nomination for the Kretser seat in a 40-vote victory over Albany attorney James Long on primary day. While Long remains on the Independence and Working Families party lines in the general election, Farrell is expected to win election in heavily Democratic Albany in November.

Farrell, an assistant attorney general in the AG’s litigation bureau, is a graduate of the State University at Buffalo Law School.

In addition to Kretser’s seat coming open on Dec. 31, the third Albany City Court judge, Will Carter, is running unopposed for an open Albany County Court seat.

Sheehan said she has appointed a panel which includes former federal magistrate judge Randolph Treece and former Albany County Court judge Larry Rosen to recommend judicial nominees to her for the upcoming openings.

A lawyer in the state Attorney General’s Office who is all but certain to win election to a seat on the Albany City Court has been appointed to fill another opening on the court for at least the rest of this year.

Joshua Farrell was appointed to temporarily replace former judge Thomas Keefe, whose resignation from the court took effect on Sept. 30.

Keefe resigned under a stipulation with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct after facing allegations from Albany County’s district attorney for being biased against prosecutors who appeared before him (NYLJ, Aug. 16, Aug. 22).

In making Farrell’s appointment on Sept. 29, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said it was only natural to plug Farrell into Keefe’s seat in anticipation that Farrell will be elected in November to a full, 10-year term on the City Court bench to replace the retiring Judge Rachel Kretser.

Farrell, 41, won the Democratic nomination for the Kretser seat in a 40-vote victory over Albany attorney James Long on primary day. While Long remains on the Independence and Working Families party lines in the general election, Farrell is expected to win election in heavily Democratic Albany in November.

Farrell, an assistant attorney general in the AG’s litigation bureau, is a graduate of the State University at Buffalo Law School.

In addition to Kretser’s seat coming open on Dec. 31, the third Albany City Court judge, Will Carter, is running unopposed for an open Albany County Court seat.

Sheehan said she has appointed a panel which includes former federal magistrate judge Randolph Treece and former Albany County Court judge Larry Rosen to recommend judicial nominees to her for the upcoming openings.