U.S. Marshal Nominee Withdraws Name From Consideration

U.S. Marshal Nominee Withdraws Name From Consideration


By Ryan Whalen Buffalo

The Trump administration’s nomination for the next U.S Marshal for the Western District of New York has withdrawn his name from consideration.

The president nominated Peter Vito, the former commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services, in May. However, politicians from the Rochester-area, including Congressman Joe Morelle and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, immediately opposed the choice.

The marshal traditionally comes from Rochester while the U.S. Attorney has been from Buffalo. Taking that into consideration, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued what is known as a “blue slip” – the tradition by which a home state Senator can block a nomination regardless of whether their party is in control.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been an honoring the “blue slip” prior to Vito withdrawing his name.

“We look forward to vetting the next nominee from the White House and urge them to respect the precedent of professionalism and geographic balance for this important law enforcement position,” said Schumer spokeswoman Allison Biasotti.

It’s unclear at this point who the next nominee will be. The administration has generally taken the recommendation of Congressman Chris Collins regarding appointments in the region.

Collins recommended Vito and expressed disappointment earlier this summer that the Senate was not going through the confirmation process.