Updated: 03/11/2014 3:32 PM
Created: 03/11/2014 3:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Josephine Victoria Finn, a Monticello village justice and former community college associate professor, is replacing former Board of Regents member James Jackson who withdrew his bid for re-election.
The joint Legislature on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported Finn, who needed a majority vote of 107 from both the Assembly and the Senate. The Assembly Democrats typically control the vote but because of vacant seats only had 99 votes.
The state education policy-setting Board of Regents has been under fire by parents, educators and lawmakers for the poor rollout of the Common Core, a new tougher testing standard.
At-large members Wade Norwood and James Cottrell, who represent the entire state, and Christine Cea, who represents Staten Island, were re-elected.