When John Sweeny Jr. retires this year from the Appellate Division after a 32-year career, there will be no Republican Supreme Court justices in Manhattan or the Bronx. Or Queens or Brooklyn for that matter.
Sweeny, who is from Putnam County, was one of 10 Republican Supreme Court judges transported to the Appellate Division in Manhattan by Republican Gov. George Pataki in a controversial move to bring conservative voices to a court he considered too liberal. Some of the Republican judges Pataki brought in came from more than 100 miles away because the governor couldn’t find enough like-minded judges in New York City.
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