ALBANY (AP) - A state nomination commission says it has taken up the task of filling the vacancy on New York's top court following the death of Judge Theodore Jones Jr.
The Court of Appeals has seven judges appointed to 14-year terms.
The 68-year-old Jones, appointed in 2007 by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, died Nov. 5 of an apparent heart attack.
The Commission on Judicial Nomination has up to 120 days to give the governor a list of three to seven names.
The commission has also been screening candidates to replace Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, who retires Dec. 31.
The panel plans to give Gov. Andrew Cuomo a slate on Dec. 1 from which to select a nominee to replace her.