Justice Karen K. Peters was promoted today by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be the presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, a midlevel appeals court based in Albany.
Justice Peters is the first woman to head the 12-judge court which hears appeals from 28 counties north and west of Albany. In 1991, Justice Peters was also the first woman to be elected to the Supreme Court within the Third Department. Former Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her to the Appellate Division in 1994.
She succeeds Presiding Justice Anthony V. Cardona, who passed away in December after a long illness. The illness forced Justice Cardona to relinquish his duties as presiding justice in January, 2011. Third Department Justice Thomas E. Mercure has served as acting presiding justice in the interim.
Justice Peters, 64, was first elected to the bench in 1983 as a Family Court judge in Ulster County.