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NY Senate Panel Backs Court Nominee

NY Senate Panel Backs Court Nominee

       ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of a longtime jurist to fill a vacancy on New York's top court, with all the senators giving her a standing ovation afterward.
      The committee has voted unanimously after some senators said Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam (ob-DU' sal-AHM') was the best qualified nominee they had ever seen.
     If confirmed by the full Senate, she will be the first African-American woman on the seven-member Court of Appeals.
     She was elected to trial-level state Supreme Court in 1993, re-elected in 2007 and joined the midlevel court in Manhattan in 2009.

She would replace Judge Theodore Jones Jr., who died in November.

The 60-year-old Abdus-Salaam was among seven candidates recommended by a state commission that found her well qualified.