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Cuomo court pick to go before Senate panel Tuesday
The state Senate will grill Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s nominee for New York’s top court on Tuesday.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 61, of Manhattan, who is currently a justice on the mid-level Appellate Division bench, will be reviewed by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee.
Abdus-Salaam would become the first African-American female to serve on the New York Court of Appeals. She would replace the late Theodore Jones Jr. and become Cuomo’s second appointment to the top court.
It’s uncertain whether Abdus-Salaam will face the same hard questions as Cuomo’s first appointee, Jenny Rivera.
In February, Republicans criticized Rivera’s lack of experience as a trial lawyer and judge. Rivera spent most of her career as a law professor and legal advocate – and worked for Cuomo when he was attorney general. After a noisy debate, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said he would support the nomination, clearing the way for her approval.