Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of former Chief Judge Judith Kaye.

Kaye has died at the age of 77.

She was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1983 and served as New York's first female Chief Judge for 15 years. Kaye was Chief Judge until 2008.

Cuomo said “She stood for justice and equality for all people, and embodied the spirit of integrity in public service like none other. Chief Judge Kaye’s passing is a true loss to our state, and I have no doubt that her legacy will continue to be felt for years to come. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones.”