Seven years ago, Mario Cuomo made history by naming Judith S. Kaye the first woman ever to serve as Chief Judge of New York State and its renowned Court of Appeals.

On reflection, the three-term governor said he considers it one of the best decisions he made, rivaled perhaps only by his equally historic choice in appointing the relatively unknown, politically unconnected and judicially inexperienced Manhattan trial lawyer to New York State’s highest legal tribunal in 1983. There had never before been a woman on the Court.