Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, along with former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia and former Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti are among the seven potential replacements for Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who faces mandatory retirement at the end of the year.

The seven recommendations — the others include four private practice attorneys including former Bar Association President Stephen Younger — were made on Thursday by the state Commission on Judicial Nomination.

All together, the list includes three women and four men for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to select from for the bench.

Lippman, the chief judge since 2009, is required to step down Dec. 31 due to the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges — a measure he sought to unsuccessfully overturn through a constitutional amendment, which failed to pass on a ballot referendum.

While the judicial nomination commission selects the potential replacements for Lippman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes the final decision over who is nominated to be considered by the state Senate.

By law, Cuomo has until between Nov. 15 and Dec. 1 to nominate a chief judge to replace Lippman.

Another vacancy is due by Jan. 1, when Judge Eugene Pigott, an appointee of Gov. George Pataki, is due to retire. A list of potential replacements for Piggot is due no later than Dec. 22.

Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who led the commission as its chairwoman, urged Cuomo in a letter to not delay in making the pick.

“We underscore the importance of compliance with these mandates, so that the successor Chief Judge is able timely to assume the vital leadership responsibilities of the Court and the Third Branch of State Government, as close as possible to January 1, 2016,” she wrote in the letter.

DiFiore is a former chairwoman of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, a lobbying and ethics regulatory panel Cuomo pushed for in 2011 to replace the Commission on Public Integrity. JCOPE as it is known as had mixed reviews from good-government advocates, who have questioned the panel’s transparency record.

DiFiore was Cuomo’s first pick to lead the commission as chairwoman in 2011, and stepped down in 2013.

A former Republican-turned-Democrat, DiFiore replaced Jeanine Pirro as Westcheser’s DA in 2005, serving as a judge before that.

Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District and appointee of George W. Bush, was a potential Republican candidate for attorney general last year, but ultimately took a pass on running against Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.

Prudenti, meanwhile, oversaw the operations of the state’s court system as its top administrative judge and stepped down in 2015. She is now a professor at Hofstra University where she works as the executive director of the enter for Families, Children and the Law.

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