Richard Sise, the presiding judge of the state Court of Claims, was confirmed to a new nine-year term Thursday by the state Senate. Sise, 54, was appointed to the Court of Claims by governor George Pataki in 2000 and confirmed to a full nine-year term on the court in June 2004. One month later he was designated as presiding judge of the court. Sise was nominated to his new term by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Albany Law School graduate is a former assistant district attorney in the Bronx. "The judges that he has had to administer, to say yes to and, once in a while to say no to, universally respect him," Senator Michael Nozzolio, a Seneca Falls Republican, said during Thursday's confirmation vote.

The Senate also unanimously confirmed five other judicial reappointments: Thomas McNamara as Court of Claims judge; William Mogulescu as Supreme Court justice, and Jeremiah Moriarty III, Robert Squires Hayes and John Ingram as acting Supreme Court justices. Hayes, Ingram, Mogulescu and Moriarty were confirmed to terms running through the end of 2013; McNamara and Sise to terms ending in 2022. Senator John Bonacic, a Mount Hope Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, called all six judicial nominees "terrific."