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Geraci nomination on committee’s agenda

Frank P. Geraci Jr.

The nomination of Monroe County Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. for a federal judgeship is on the Thursday agenda of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

The committee meets at 10 a.m. in Washington, D.C. Judge Geraci’s nomination is one of nine listed, although any could be held over until the next executive business meeting. It is up to the committee to decide whether or not to forward the nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

Judge Geraci is being considered for a Rochester seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, held by Judge David G. Larimer who has been on senior status since March 2009.

As of Tuesday, there were 63 vacancies in federal district courts nationwide. The one Judge Geraci, who was nominated May 15 by President Barack Obama, seeks to fill is considered one of 31 judicial emergencies, meaning the district judges have heavy caseloads, the vacancy has existed for more than 18 months and the court has only one active judge.

In fact, that active judge, Judge Charles J. Siragusa, plans to assume senior status in December.