By Rob Abruzzese
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Judge Pamela L. Fisher was officially sworn in as justice of the Supreme Court of Kings County during a ceremony in front of her judicial colleagues, friends and family members at Borough Hall Wednesday night.
It was a ceremony that was just as much about celebrating Judge Fisher’s ascension to the court as it was about remembering the late Assemblymember Vito Lopez, who passed away last November. The ceremony, which was hosted by Lopez’s long-time girlfriend Angela M. Battaglia, was dedicated in his honor.
“While this is an important and happy day because of [Judge Fisher’s] election to the Supreme Court, it is also a day tinged with sadness because of the passing of our dear friend assemblyman Vito Lopez,” said Hon. Mark Partnow.
Fisher was officially sworn in by Partnow, whom she clerked for prior to joining the civil court in 2010. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presented Fisher with a proclamation, and Frank Seddio, Hon. Lawrence Knipel, District Leader Kevin Peter Carroll, Joseph Rosato, Steven Bamundo, Hon. Wayne Saitta, Hon. Marsha Steinhardt and Fisher’s children, Cameron and Arthur Decker, each gave remarks.
“It's with the greatest of pleasure that we are here tonight to welcome Pamela Fisher as justice to the Supreme Court,” said Knipel, who is the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters at the Supreme Court. “Justice Fisher is uniquely well-suited to assume the very demanding duties of justice of the Supreme Court in Kings County.”
“This is really, really special for us,” Seddio said. “When I was working with Vito and his organization, I met a bright young lady, and here she is today as a member of a very elite group of people here in Brooklyn. The finest group of judges, as far as I'm concerned, in the state of New York — the Supreme Court in Kings County.”
Fisher was joined on the dias by her children and husband Steve Decker while she was sworn in. Afterward, she took the time to thank everyone, including those who gave remarks and the district leaders who helped her get elected. She also took some time to remember Lopez.
“Vito was a lifelong friend and it was by his guidance that I became a judge,” Fisher said. “I could not wish for a better advocate. Vito spent his life working for the people of Brooklyn, and while my life is a testament to his political skills, his legislation on affordable housing and senior initiatives are the legacy he leaves behind. He is sorely missed.”