When Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Alan Scheinkman as the presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, on New Year’s Day, the governor was bucking tradition. It’s rare for the presiding justice to come from outside the appellate court.

But in a series of interviews since his selection, those who have worked with Scheinkman said they are sure he is ready for the challenge; they cited his administrative abilities, attention to detail, understanding of commercial law and judicial temperament. He will be replacing Randall Eng, who reached the mandatory retirement age in 2017.

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