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WASHINGTON – Western New York now has its first-ever female federal judge.

By a 70-29 margin, the Senate Thursday confirmed Elizabeth Wolford, a Buffalo-born Rochester lawyer, to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Wolford will serve out of Rochester.

“I am thrilled to see Buffalo- and Rochester’s-own Elizabeth Wolford confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the Western District federal court,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who recommended Wolford to President Barack Obama, who appointed her.

“For a long time, one of my goals has been to bring a woman to the federal bench in Western New York,” Schumer added. “Liz will not only do that, but she will also bring her considerable experience and first-rate legal mind to the bench; she is simply one of the finest judicial candidates I have ever met and I am glad to see her ascend to the bench of the Western District.”

Wolford will replace Judge Charles Siragusa, who moved to senior status this month.

Wolford, 47, is a partner at Wolford Law Firm LLP in Rochester. She was born in Buffalo but grew up in the Rochester area. She is a graduate of Colgate University and Notre Dame Law School.