Rowan Wilson Appointed As New York's First Black Chief Justice

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Rowan Wilson Appointed As New York's First Black Chief Justice

Rowan Wilson was appointed as the first black Chief Justice of New York on April 18, 2023 by the State Senate.

An Overview of the News 

  • Wilson has been an Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals since 2017.

  • Wilson's confirmation as the state's first black chief justice followed the resignation of Judge Janet DiFiore in August.

  • Wilson's appointment comes two months after the initial nomination of Governor Cathy Hochul for the position was rejected by lawmakers.

  • In 2014, Kathy Hochul was elected Lieutenant Governor of New York, serving alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo.

  • After Cuomo's resignation in August 2021, Hochul became the governor of New York and became the first woman in the state's history to hold the office.

About New York

  • It is located in the northeastern part of the country, in the state of New York and it is the most populous city in the United States.

  • The city is served by three major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

  • The city is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, each with its own unique character and charm.

Mayor - Eric Adams

Capital - Albany

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