Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s reappointment of judges Russell P. Buscaglia and Michael E. Hudson to new nine-year terms with the state Court of Claims was approved by the State Senate last week.
Buscaglia also serves as an acting State Supreme Court justice in Erie County. This will be his third term on the Court of Claims. Buscaglia was appointed to the Court of Claims in 1997 by Gov. George E. Pataki and reappointed in 2006.
Due to the state’s rule for mandatory retirement at age 70, he will be serving five and a half of the nine years. He is a former deputy state attorney general, assistant U.S. attorney and assistant district attorney for Erie County.
Hudson, also entering his third term, was appointed by Pataki to a partial term in 2003 and to a full term in 2006. He was an assistant district attorney for Erie County from 1978 to 1985 before becoming principal law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Edward A. Rath. He also is a director of the Erie County Bar Association Aid to Indigent Prisoners’ Society.