NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City medical examiner has concluded that a prominent judge found dead in the Hudson River committed suicide by drowning.
The medical examiner's office issued the findings Wednesday in the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam.
A police harbor unit recovered her body in April after she was reported missing.
Abdus-Salaam, 65, was the first black woman on New York state's highest court.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state's Court of Appeals in 2013, called her a "trailblazing jurist" whose legacy "will be felt for years to come."
Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College and Columbia Law School.
She started her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services. She served as a judge on the Manhattan state Supreme Court for 14 years.