Plan to name the court after Suffolk’s first black elected judge


The Saufolk County Supreme Court building may soon be renamed to become the first African-American judge to be elected to the Suffolk Bench by a former judge who rose from child poverty in Jim Crow South. there is.

The resolution to rename the Central Islip court building after former Supreme Court Marquette L. Floyd, who retired in 2002 and died in December at the age of 92, requires an honorable person. It will be submitted to the Saffol Legislative Committee on Thursday for county naming guidelines. Die for at least 6 months.

However, officials close to the process said the location committee was expected to be convened before the qualification date — and there seems to be overwhelming support for the proposal.

“Name the Supreme Court building of John P. Kohalan Junior Court after the county’s first African-American justice is a tribute to his legacy as a true pioneer of justice and equality.” In a statement on Tuesday, Andrew A, Saffolk County District Administrative Judge, Creca added that Floyd was a source of inspiration for young people “trying to overcome racial prejudice and socio-economic adversity.”

Krekka came up with the idea of ​​renaming Floyd’s courthouse and was proposed in a resolution introduced by Suffolk Legis. Kevin J. McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst).

“Judge Floyd was a pioneer of African Americans and became the first African-American District Court Judge and State Supreme Court Judge in Suffolk County,” McCaffrey said in a statement. “Judge Floyd overcame many obstacles in his life and stood at the top of his profession. His story and his life inspire us all.”

Floyd, who qualified as a lawyer in 1960, began his legal career as an Amityville lawyer intern for $ 20 a week. He was elected to the Suffolk bench in 1969. In 1986 he was appointed to the Suffolk County Courthouse.

Born October 14, 1928 in Winnsboro, South Carolina, to a single mother, he came to New York with his family at the age of 16. Floyd attended White Plains High School and New York University before joining the Air Force. He was denied admission to an executive candidate school because of racism, and he worked for a significant part during the Korean War for six years.

After military service, Floyd graduated from New York University and Brooklyn Law School. During that time, I worked as a maintenance man, a clerk, and did other strange work to pay tuition. He began his own legal affairs in 1962.

In 1989, Floyd was elected to the New York Supreme Court and presided over what Crekka described as a “serious civil lawsuit” until 2002.

During his tenure, Floyd also served as an appeal period and was appointed presiding judge in 2001.

In a 2002 story, Floyd told Newsday that his grandmother’s wisdom carried him through his life at Jim Crow South, teaching citizens’ obligations and “middle-class values.” He said she was the only one to pay the poll tax to vote. Her fight against tools designed to ban blacks from voting before the 1965 Voting Rights Act outlawed that practice.

Floyd told Newsday that his grandmother’s courage encouraged him to resist with patience and strength, and even to meet racism.

As he said, she added to him, “You are judged by the company you maintain,” “she had an idea, and that idea was to have a high standard. “.

With Dennis Bonilla and Zachary R. Daudi

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