Senior Associate Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo (See Profile) said Monday that she will seek reappointment to the state’s highest court when her term expires at the end of November.

Graffeo said she will apply to the Commission on Judicial Nomination in hopes of retaining the position she has held since her 2000 appointment by then Gov. George Pataki. Her term expires Nov. 30.

Graffeo, who is 62, would be able to remain on the bench another eight years if she is among those deemed qualified by the commission and is selected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Court of Appeals judges must retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70.

Graffeo is a Republican who had served as chief counsel to the Assembly minority leader before becoming a judge in 1996. She rapidly climbed the judicial ladder, serving briefly as a trial judge and a justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, before her promotion to the Court of Appeals.

The Commission on Judicial Nomination last week issued a notice seeking recommendations and applications for Graffeo’s position. Applications, due by June 15, are available at

Another position, now held by Judge Robert Smith, will open on Jan. 1, 2015. Smith, who will turn 70 in August, must leave the court at the end of 2014. Applications for the 14-year term that Smith holds will be accepted later this year.

For more information, contact commission counsel Henry Greenberg of Greenberg Traurig at (518) 689-1492 or