Cuomo Nominates Midlevel Justice to Top N.Y. Court


Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated a justice from the state’s midlevel Appellate Division to New York’s highest court.

Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam will be the first African-American woman on the seven-member Court of Appeals if confirmed by the state Senate.

She was elected to trial-level state Supreme Court in 1993, re-elected in 2007, and joined the midlevel court in Manhattan in 2009. She would replace Judge Theodore Jones Jr., who died in November.

The 60-year-old Abdus-Salaam was among seven candidates recommended by a state commission that found her well qualified.

A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, she worked for East Brooklyn Legal Services Corp., the state attorney general, and the city Office of Labor Services.

She was a judge on New York City’s Civil Court in 1992-1993.

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