Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first-ever female Muslim judge in U.S. history and the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court, was found dead Wednesday on the bank of the Hudson River, police said.
Abdus-Salaam, 65, was discovered floating fully clothed on the Manhattan side of the river, by the Henry Hudson Parkway near W. 132nd St. — just a mile from her central Harlem home, just before 2 p.m.
Her husband, who reported her missing Tuesday morning, was brought in to identify the body, sources said. Police sources said there were no signs of obvious trauma or injuries indicating foul play.
Abdus-Salaam, who made history as the country’s first female Muslim judge, was nominated in 2013 to serve as an associate judge on the state Court of Appeals by Gov. Cuomo.
“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday. “Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.
Abdus-Salaam, one of seven children born to a working-class family in Washington, D.C., graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a classmate of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. NYDAILYNEWS