Sheila Abdus-Salaam joins New York's highest court - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Sheila Abdus-Salaam joins New York's highest court

Posted: Updated:
Sheila Abdus-Salaam (New York State Unified Court System photo) Sheila Abdus-Salaam (New York State Unified Court System photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Sheila Abdus-Salaam was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court. She is the first first black woman on that court.

Abdus-Salaam, 60, previously served as an associate justice of the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who knows Abdus-Salaam from their days in law school, spoke at the swearing-in ceremony in Albany. He called the judge "intelligent, serious, witty," the AP reported.

"Who knew that we would both attain such high positions," Abdus-Salaam said at the ceremony, "and that you would be the first black United States attorney general, and I would be the first black woman on the New York Court of Appeals?"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated Abdus-Salaam to the high court in April. The next month, the state Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination.

"She is joining an esteemed group of judges on the State's highest court and brings a valuable voice to the bench," Cuomo said in a statement. "From the beginning of her career, as a lawyer at East Brooklyn Legal Services, Judge Abdus-Salaam has worked diligently to protect the rights of New Yorkers, and I am confident she will continue that mission and defend our Constitution with integrity."

A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Abdus-Salaam has served as general counsel in the New York City Office of Labor Services, an assistant attorney general, a Civil Court judge, and a Supreme Court justice.

In 2009, then-Gov. David Paterson elevated Abdus-Salaam to the Appellate Division.

With Abdus-Salaam's elevation, now four of seven judges on the Court of Appeals are women. Judges serve 14-year terms.

  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:05:38 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it...
    Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it...
  • Police: 10 arrested in North Country heroin bust

    Police: 10 arrested in North Country heroin bust

    Authorities say they've arrested 10 people accused of selling and possessing heroin and other drugs in northern New York.
    Village of Malone police, state troopers and members of the Franklin County border narcotics task force conducted raids Monday night and Tuesday. Officials say the suspects had been selling narcotics in communities near the Canadian border in northern Franklin County.
    Authorities say they've arrested 10 people accused of selling and possessing heroin and other drugs in northern New York.
    Village of Malone police, state troopers and members of the Franklin County border narcotics task force conducted raids Monday night and Tuesday. Officials say the suspects had been selling narcotics in communities near the Canadian border in northern Franklin County.
  • Police: Man drives off NY bridge, dies

    Police: Man drives off NY bridge, dies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:10:33 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    Police in Westchester County are investigating whether a man who died was drag racing when he drove off a bridge. They say the victim was driving northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway when he exited and drove off the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Dobbs Ferry around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was alone in the car.
    Police in Westchester County are investigating whether a man who died was drag racing when he drove off a bridge. They say the victim was driving northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway when he exited and drove off the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Dobbs Ferry around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was alone in the car.

Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices