Schumer to recommend Buffalo native for federal judge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo native who previously served as a U.S. Attorney in Western New York could be on her way to another career milestone.

New York Senator Charles Schumer says he will recommend Denise O’Donnell be appointed to become Buffalo’s first-ever federal judge.

“She’s a great legal mind, sound. And one of the qualifications I look in a judge is moderation. I don’t like judges too far left or too far right. And she is right down the middle. She is moderate and thoughtful and careful. She’s just the kind of person we need as a judge,” Schumer said.

O’Donnell played a crucial role in the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber and Niagara County native, Timothy McVeigh. She currently directs the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance.

If confirmed by the Senate, O’Donnell will take the place of U.S. District Court Judge William Skretny, who announced in April he will be stepping down from the post.

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