Half-Staff Alert for January 8, 2016
For New York Only

Governor directs flags on all state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on January 8, 2016

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Chief Judge Judith Kaye. Throughout her more than 25 year career in public service, Chief Judge Kaye was a force for progress who had a profound impact on our state. When she was appointed to the Court of Appeals by my father in 1983, she became the Court's first female judge, and later continued her trailblazing legacy as the first female Chief Judge, serving in that role for more than 15 years. Over the course of that distinguished career, she was an exemplary role model for women everywhere. She was an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, believed in the fundamental promise of equal rights for all New Yorkers, and dedicated herself to strengthening our judicial system and our juries, along with many other worthy causes.

"After her tenure on the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Kaye continued to serve New Yorkers as my independent special counsel in public integrity matters while I was Attorney General. And she continued to serve the court as Chair of the Commission on Judicial Nomination.

"She stood for justice and equality for all people, and embodied the spirit of integrity in public service like none other. Chief Judge Kaye's passing is a true loss to our state, and I have no doubt that her legacy will continue to be felt for years to come. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones."

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