Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing the official swearing-in of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who will be the first African-American woman to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Credit: Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing the official swearing-in of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who will be the first African-American woman to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Credit: Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

 

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was officially sworn in today to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals.

 

Abdus-Salaam will be the first African-American woman to serve on the Court of Appeals. The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed her appointment last month.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo praised the judge, saying she "brings a valuable voice to the bench."

 

"Judge Abdus-Salaam is making history today in New York State," the governor said.

 

Abdus-Salaam has been a judge in New York state for over 20 years. She started her career as a lawyer at East Brooklyn Legal Services.

"From the beginning of her career," Cuomo said, "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."

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