WASHINGTON – Kathleen M. Sweet, the former Bar Association of Erie County president, has taken another step closer to confirmation as a federal judge in Buffalo, as the Senate Judiciary Committee moved her nomination to the Senate floor by voice vote Thursday.
There is no word as of yet whether the full Senate will take up Sweet’s nomination before lawmakers are scheduled to leave Washington for the campaign season in a few weeks, or in an expected lame-duck session after the election.
Yet the Judiciary Committee’s action came as good news to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D- N.Y., who recommended that President Barack Obama nominate her for the post.
“Her credentials are exemplary, she’s widely respected in the legal community as a moderate, non-partisan, top-rate attorney, and she is a true Buffalonian,” Schumer said.
Noting that the Western District of New York has only one active federal judge in its Buffalo courthouse, Schumer added: “Ms. Sweet is desperately needed on the bench in Buffalo. The WDNY has one of the longest backlogs of civil and criminal cases in the country.”
Sweet would be the first woman federal judge ever in Buffalo.