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Gov. Cuomo Taps Veteran Judge For State's Top Court

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped a veteran judge to serve on the state's highest court.

The Democratic governor has announced that he will nominate Paul Feinman to serve on the Court of Appeals. Feinman has been a judge for more than 20 years. Cuomo appointed him as an associate justice in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in 2012.

If confirmed by the Senate he will be the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeals.

He would fill a vacancy created by the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who in April was found dead in the Hudson River near her Manhattan home.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.