First African-American female to serve on New York’s highest court, has been found dead in New York

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Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge on New York State’s highest court and the first African-American woman to serve on that bench, was found dead on Wednesday in the Hudson River, the authorities said.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, America’s first-ever Muslim woman judge and the first African-American female to serve on New York’s highest court.

The 65-year-old judge’s body was found floating on the on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River on Wednesday, just a mile from her home in central Harlem.

Police called the late judge’s husband to identify her. She was reported missing since Tuesday. Officials said the body showed no signs of apparent trauma or injuries.

As a Muslim, Abdus-Salaam made history in 2013, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated her to serve on the state Court of Appeals.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam at the Court of Appeals in Albany last year

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