Paul Feinman, First Openly Gay Judge on N.Y. High Court, Dies

March 31, 2021, 5:06 PM

Paul Feinman, a former legal aid attorney who rose to become the first openly gay judge on New York’s highest court, has died.

Feinman’s death was announced on Wednesday by the state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

He was 61 and retired from the bench earlier in March citing health reasons.

“Judge Feinman was a bright, experienced and knowledgeable jurist who made an extraordinary impact on the Court of Appeals and the law of our state. He was also a kind and gentle man who was loved by many,” DiFiore said in a statement.

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