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Cuomo nominates first openly gay judge to state's high court

Governor Cuomo has named the first openly gay judge to New York’s highest court. Paul Feinman, an appellate court judge and LGBT rights advocate, has been tabbed to fill a vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals.

Cuomo spoke in an interview on the cable news station New York 1, where he praised Feinman’s abilities .

“(He) is an extraordinary human being” Cuomo said. “And would be a great addition to that court.”

Gay rights advocates have urged Cuomo to appoint an openly gay judge to the court, which often deals with LGBT issues.

Senator Brad Hoylman, the only openly gay member of that chamber, called Feinman an “historic and inspired candidate."

If he’s confirmed by the State Senate, Feinman would replace Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who died earlier this year in what police said was likely a suicide.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.