Just a little bit ago, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that former Associate Judge Paul Feinman, who had abruptly and unexpectedly retired last week just before the beginning of the March argument session, has passed away. Chief Judge DiFiore released this statement this morning:
Governor Cuomo added his condolences, releasing this statement:
I am stunned. I was privileged to meet Judge Feinman a few times at various NYSBA and Albany County Bar Association events, and he was a kind and intellectually curious man in all of our interactions. He was great to speak with, and even commented on a few of the posts I have written on this site. The personal touch that he made a point to include in our brief conversations struck me and has been a sense of pride for me since.
Judge Feinman was a fantastic jurist, a champion of LGBTQ rights, a trailblazer in the judiciary and the law, and just an overall fantastic human being. He will be missed and may his legacy serve as inspiration for many others who will try to follow in his footsteps. Rest In Peace.