Update: During a whirlwind day Monday, Hogan was confirmed to the state Court of Claims. Read the story here.
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan has made herself a significant player in statewide legal issues over the years, having been part of the Moreland Commission that investigated public corruption to numerous task forces that assisted state officials with analyzing criminal justice issues.
Throughout the years there have been rumors that state officials had urged her to seek higher office, and in recent months -- fresh off a successful prosecution in the high-profile Lake George boat case -- the new Republican leadership on the federal level considered the Glens Falls resident for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York.
That federal prosecutor search is still ongoing, but there are strong rumors at this point that Hogan is being considered for a judgeship with the state Court of Claims. She has had no comment on the issue in recent days.
The court, which has offices around the state, hears lawsuits against the state as well as other civil cases. Judges are appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the state Senate for a nine-year term.
If appointed, Hogan could step down and run for other judgeships, as she has long been rumored as the likely successor to Warren County Judge John Hall when he retires.
Hogan would have to step down as district attorney if appointed, and I was told that process could happen as soon as this week.
That would leave First Assistant District Attorney Jason Carusone as acting district attorney, and likely set up an interesting election for the post in the fall.
-- Don Lehman