President Barack Obama nominated federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic and third female U.S. Supreme Court Justice if confirmed.
The announcement was made this morning in the East Room of the White House.
Obama called Sotomayor "an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice."
Sotomayor, a 54-year-old judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was named a U.S. District Court judge by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and was elevated to her current seat by President Clinton.
Sotomayor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, over came a rough childhood in the projects of the South Bronx and went on to attend Princeton University and Yale Law School.
"I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences," said Sotomayor, whose brother Juan is a doctor in Central New York.
Sotomayor will be replacing Justice David Souter who plans to retire at the end of his term in June.
NCC News Reporter Courtney Petrouski got reaction from Central New Yorkers about this new appointment.