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African-American woman confirmed to state’s highest court


May 8, 2013

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the New York State Senate confirmed Sheila Abdus-Salaam to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Justice Abdus-Salaam is the first African-American woman to serve on the Court of Appeals. She was nominated by the governor on April 5.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator John Bonacic moved her nomination to the Senate floor for confirmation by a unanimous vote.

Cuomo said, “Justice Abdus-Salaam will bring decades of experience and dedication serving in the courts of New York to this prestigious and well-earned position. I have no doubt that she will serve with integrity in defending our constitution and laws and protecting the rights of New Yorkers. She has my sincerest congratulations.”

Abdus-Salaam said, “Governor Cuomo has made it a priority to attract the best talent to public service and to make anew the great public institutions of this state, and I am honored and humbled to serve the people of New York on the Court of Appeals. I look forward to joining my colleagues on the bench.”