NY Dems Applaud President Obama’s Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor

NEW YORK, NY – New York State Democratic Committee Chair June O’Neill today issued the followed statement commending President Obama’s nomination of New Yorker, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to serve on the United States Supreme Court:

“Today, President Obama announced Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace Justice David Souter.  A native New Yorker who was recommended for the position by Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Judge Sotomayor rose from her humble beginnings to achieve great academic and professional success – earning her appointment to serve in federal district court when she was still in her 30s.

Judge Sotomayor has made history before by being the first Hispanic federal justice in New York and as the first Hispanic woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Now, she’s making history again as the first Latina nominated to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Sotomayor is known for her determination, commitment to public service and her ability to issue decisions that hold both factual details and legal doctrines in equal measure. In March, Governor Paterson and First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson honored Judge Sotomayor at the sixth annual Women of Excellence Awards celebration. Governor Paterson and New Yorkers across the State have long recognized what the rest of the country gets to see today – Judge Sotomayor is a true leader whose experience in the courtroom and in private practice makes her uniquely qualified for this position.

Judge Sotomayor’s nomination is one that we can all be proud of.”

More information on the award presented to Judge Sotomayor by Governor Paterson is available here: http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/press_0324095.html.

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