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3 WNY judges get appellate posts

Two veteran Buffalo judges and a longtime Monroe County judge were appointed Friday to appellate court vacancies in Rochester by outgoing Gov. George E. Pataki.

State Supreme Court Justices Erin Peradotto and Eugene M. Fahey and Rochester State Supreme Court Justice Robert Lunn were sworn in as justices of the Fourth Department Appellate Court, which presides over courts as far east as Utica, during a ceremony in Rochester.

JoAnn M. Wahl, chief clerk of the Rochester appellate court, said the three were appointed to the posts, made vacant with the promotion of the court's presiding judge, Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. to the Court of Appeals, and the retirements of justices Leo F. Hayes of Syracuse and L. Paul Kehoe of Lyons.

Wahl said the three will assume their new posts after the holidays.

Peradotto, 45, was an aide to former state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco in the 1990s. A former president of the Bar Association of Erie County, she was elected to the State Supreme Court in November 2003.

Fahey, 55, a former Buffalo Common Council member and Buffalo City Court judge, has been a State Supreme Court justice since January 1995.

Fahey and Peradotto both graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1984. Fahey completed his undergraduate work at UB in 1974 and Peradotto graduated from UB in 1981.

Lunn, 59, has been a State Supreme Court justice in Rochester since 1995. A former Penfield town court judge, Lunn is a 1969 graduate of the University of Rochester. He obtained his law degree from Cornell University Law School in 1974.


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