Body of New York State’s First Female Judge Found Dead In Hudson River
News that’s currently created a shock across social media, are reports the body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first Black woman appointed to New York’s highest court, was found dead in the bank of the city’s Hudson River on Wednesday.
Police said the 65-year-old’s body was discovered on the riverside near Harlem. Abdus-Salaam was reported missing on Tuesday.
Her body showed no signs of trauma according to police, but they would not speculate on what caused her death. Police transferred Abdus-Salaam’s body to a medical examiner’s office where her cause of death will be determined.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state’s Court of Appeals, and described her as a “pioneer.”
“Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come,” said Gov. Cuomo.
Not only was Abdus-Salaam the first African-American female judge in New York’s State Court, she was also the first Muslim female judge in the United States.
In 1993, Abdus-Salaam was elected to the Supreme Court of New York and stayed there until 2009.
One of Abdus-Salaam’s colleagues, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, said she will be “deeply missed.”
“Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her,” said Judge DiFiore.
Bronx Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, said of Abdus-Salaam was “a dedicated public servant who served New York with honor and distinction as the first African-American woman to sit on the Court of Appeals.”
Abdus was a native of Washington, D.C. and earned her economics degree from Barnard College in 1974. She received her law degree from Columbia University.
More details are sure to come out surrounding the death of Abdus-Salaam.