Cuomo taps Bronx law professor for NY's top court

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his third

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his third State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. (Jan. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tapped a law professor from the Bronx Tuesday for a seat on New York’s top court.

Jenny Rivera, 52, a professor at the City University of New York School of Law, would replace Carmen Ciparick who stepped down from the Court of Appeals after reaching the mandatory retirement age.

Ciparick’s departure left the seven-member court without a Hispanic — until Rivera’s nomination.

The nomination is for a 14-year term. The state Senate would have to confirm Rivera.

Elena Goldberg Velazquez, president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, said that Cuomo was “nominating an extraordinarily qualified Latina to New York’s highest court.”

Rivera formerly served as associate counsel at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Rivera also worked under Cuomo when he was state attorney general, and served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor when the latter was on a federal district bench.

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