New York Court of Appeals
Since June 2021, Judge Madeline Singas has sat on the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. Alongside her six colleagues, she decides cases of statewide importance.
Judge Singas began her career as a prosecutor and focused on serving society’s most vulnerable—children, the elderly, and victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She designed and implemented specialized programs for adolescent offenders, veterans, and those suffering from mental illness or drug addiction.
In 2015 and 2019, she was overwhelmingly elected Nassau County District Attorney, representing 1.4 million residents, and managed a staff of more than 450, prosecuting and investigating approximately 30,000 criminal cases annually. She created units to focus on hate crimes, and crimes against immigrants, and programs to assist reentry efforts. During her tenure, opioid overdoses fell, gang violence plummeted, and crime dropped by 25%, making Nassau the safest community in America for two years in a row according to U.S. News and World Report. In 2018, Judge Singas was appointed special prosecutor, tasked with investigating sexual assault allegations against then-attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
The daughter of Greek immigrants, Judge Singas is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Fordham University Law School.