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On the Nomination PN154: Lawrence Joseph Vilardo, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York

President Obama’s nomination in early 2015 of Lawrence Joseph Vilardo to be the United States District Judge for the Western District of New York was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. The Western New York district had been without a federal sitting judge for over a year. The district covers the western parts of Upstate New York.

Vilardo, who is from Buffalo, NY, has had a long legal career. In 1986 he and Terry Connor began their partnership, Connors and Vilardo. Vilardo has handled trial and appellate levels in a wide range of civil and criminal matters. The American Bar Association rated him as Well Qualified, their highest rating, for the new position.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who recommended Vilardo for nomination, told the Buffalo Law Journal, “Mr. Vilardo is a classic Buffalonian — hard working, salt of the earth, honest, and grounded.” By custom, when the senators of the state where the district is located are of the same party as the President, the senators select the President’s nominee. Schumer also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approves federal judicial nominations before sending them to the Senate floor.

The President praised Vilardo in a statement.


All Votes R D I
Yea 88%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 12%

Date: Oct 26, 2015

Required: Simple Majority

Result: Nomination Confirmed


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