Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Justice Karen Peters as presiding justice of the Appellate Division's Third Department, the first woman to hold the post.
Appointed to the Third Department in 1994, Peters was elected to state Supreme Court in 1992 and re-elected in 2006.
She has been a member of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct since 2000.
She will be chief administrator of the judicial department that hears appeals from 28 upstate counties and a member of the statewide Administrative Board.
Third Department Presiding Justice Anthony Cardona died in 2011, and Justice Thomas Mercure has been filling in.
Peters is former counsel to the state Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, former director of the Assembly Government Operations Committee and was elected to Ulster County Family Court in 1983.