Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard announced the appointment of Tamika A. Coverdale as the newest Mount Vernon City Court Judge. Tamika A. Coverdale will be sworn in on Monday, October 17, 2022 at City Hall. Ms. Coverdale was selected through a competitive vetting and interview process with the Mayor’s Judicial Committee, chaired by William Wagstaff III, Esq., wherein the top two contenders were forwarded to Mayor Patterson-Howard for final consideration.
Ms. Coverdale was then selected amongst those nominees to fill the vacancy left by the untimely passing of the Honorable William Edwards who served on the bench for almost 20 years.
“The diverse Judicial Committee was comprised of members of all walks of life that have both impacted and been impacted by the justice system to create a diverse panel of thought,” Mayor Shawn Patterson-Howard shared with Black Westchester. “I thank the judicial committee for once again coming together and evaluating and elevating the candidates to this esteemed office. Ultimately, I am grateful for all the applicants, reaffirming my belief that Mt. Vernon is wonderful place to work full of talented professionals with a heart for service, and I am confident in Tamika Coverdale’s leadership, judicial knowledge, and compassion she will bring to this position.”
“The opportunity to learn about all of the candidates’ professional success thus far, passion for justice, and promise for the future gave me confidence that the bench is in every candidate’s future and personally encountering such an array of talented lawyers in the community, made me even prouder to be a Mount Vernonite,” Judicial Chairman Wagstaff said.
“I am thankful to God, my mom, the Ancestors for watching over me and thankful that Mayor Patterson-Howard is committed to Diversity and Inclusion on our Court System,” Newly appointed City Court Judge Tamika A. Coverdale shared with Black Westchester. “I am honored that Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard has afforded me the opportunity to continue to serve the people of this great city from a role of City Court Judge. I look forward to bringing the same dedication and leadership skills in working that compliment my colleagues on the Mount Vernon City Court to ensure equality, justice, and fairness in our judicial system as well as protecting the safety and well-being of our residents and families.
Prior to this appointment, Tamika A. Coverdale begun her education at Cardinal Spelman High School (Bronx, NY), Ms. Coverdale continued at Howard University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate at the University of Maine School of Law, after which she was admitted to the NYS Bar in 2000.
Tamika A Coverdale, Esq appeared on Black Westchester’s People Before Politics Radio Show several times including a conversation on historical nomination and ascent of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court, Sunday, March 6, 2022. Coverdale is a highly respected practicing attorney in Westchester County as well as the neighboring 5 boroughs. She is a Criminal Defense lawyer with over 22 years of experience who has served as the Legal Aid Society of Westchester Senior Trial Counsel and Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Black Westchester congratulates Ms. Tamika A, Coverdale on her well deserved appointment.