Trump to appoint Albany lawyer as federal choose for Upstate New York

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Washington – President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to nominate an Albany lawyer to serve as the next federal judge in the Northern District of New York.

Ryan T. McAllister, a lawyer at Boies Schiller Flexner, has previously served as an aide in Congress, the New York Legislature and to former Gov. George Pataki.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, McAllister, 43, would succeed U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe in Albany.

Sharpe, 73, has moved to senior status on the court, a position that can carry a reduced workload. Sharpe was elevated to the court in 2004 after he was nominated by President George W. Bush.

Judges in the Northern District of New York cover a 32-county region, and hear cases in Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, Utica and Plattsburgh.

McAllister, a native of Cobleskill, is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and Harvard Law School. He declined to be interviewed Wednesday before his confirmation hearing.

McAllister has worked at Boies Schiller Flexner on antitrust, securities fraud, contractual disputes, and other commercial litigation, according to the law firm, which has offices in a dozen cities in the United States.

Previously, McAllister ran the Albany district office of former Rep. John Faso, a Republican who lost to Democrat Antonio Delgado in the 2018 election.

McAllister spent the early part of his career as an assistant counsel to former Gov. George Pataki and working for the Republican majority in the New York State Senate in Albany.

Trump also announced Wednesday that he plans to nominate two judges to fill vacancies in the Eastern District of New York covering Brooklyn and Long Island. They are Hector Gonzalez, a partner at Dechert LLP in New York City, and David C. Woll Jr., a former federal prosecutor who serves in a senior position at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

U.S. District Court judges are paid an annual salary of $216,400 this year, up from $210,900 in 2019.

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