Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on the Passing of Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye

January 7, 2016

“Judith’s death breaks the hearts of everyone who knew her. She will be remembered not just as a highly respected jurist, but as a trailblazer in the legal profession, and a powerful advocate for women, gay couples, and her colleagues in the judiciary. Her unparalleled legacy includes being the first woman to serve on the State Court of Appeals, the first female Chief Judge, and the longest-serving Chief Judge in New York history. She was an innovative thinker who established problem-solving courts to combat drug addiction and domestic violence, which became models for the nation. Chief Judge Kaye was well-liked by everyone who had the great pleasure of meeting her, and I offer my deepest condolences to her children and grandchildren. She was an exceptional public servant and dear friend, and will be greatly missed.”