The New York Senate has confirmed a New York City law professor to the state’s highest court after some Republican senators faulted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s choice for limited experience as a trial lawyer and judge.
Jenny Rivera, a City University of New York professor who worked for Cuomo when he was state attorney general, replaces Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, who retired from the seven-member Court of Appeals.
Ciparick was the court’s first Hispanic and second female judge when she joined it in 1994.
Rivera is a Bronx resident and New York native who is also Hispanic. She has worked at the Legal Aid Society of New York City, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and was clerk to then-U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor in Manhattan.
She was confirmed by the Senate Monday.