SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: above l/r, Erie County Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner, Supreme Court nominee Judge Craig D. Hannah and Arthur O. Eve, Jr.
Western New York Democrats recently unanimously nominated Judge Craig D. Hannah for a full 14-year term on the 8th Judicial District’s Supreme Court bench.
Hannah served as a Buffalo City Court judge, most recently as chief judge, from 2006 until earlier this year, when Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed him to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. He is a graduate of Canisius College and the University at Buffalo School of Law, and was previously a prosecutor with the Erie County District Attorney’s office. He is also a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a former corporation counsel for the City of Buffalo.
“There is no one more qualified, either by temperament or experience, than Judge Craig Hannah,” said Erie County Democratic Chair Jeremy J. Zellner.
He noted that Hannah is only the second Black male to serve as a state Supreme Court Judge in the 8th JD. The recent convention was convened by Arthur O. Eve, Jr., the son of former Assemblyman Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve. Hannah’s name was placed in nomination by Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson, D-District 1.
Four other Supreme Court candidates were also nominated by the convention.
Zellner noted that it is “more critical than ever” that our judiciary and judicial process look like the community it serves. “That has been my pledge as chair, whether securing the nomination for Supreme Court Judge E. Jeannette Ogden in 2014 or working to ensure diversity on our city and county courts, and our committee and judicial delegates are equally committed to this goal.”