Shelia Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman appointed to serve on New York’s state’s highest court, and the first-ever female Muslim judge, was found dead in the Hudson river.
Police discovered Shelia, 65, floating on the bank of Hudson, just a mile from her home in Harlem.
Sources say police said there weren’t any noticeable signs of trauma or injuries suggesting foul play.
“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the State’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Gov Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday. “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.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to her family, loved ones and colleagues during this trying and difficult time,” the governor added.