Jurist’s portrait flatters him as it’s unveiled at Staten Island Supreme Court

News photos -- Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After more than 50 years maintaining order in the court, Justice Thomas R. Sullivan, former associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, of state Supreme Court, and formerly Staten Island’s district attorney, will continue to oversee trials in state Supreme Court, St. George.

Yesterday, his portrait was hung on the wall of Justice Judith McMahon’s courtroom.

Sullivan thus becomes the first justice to have his portrait presented to him while he’s still around to enjoy it.

He received a standing ovation yesterday from family, former colleagues and invited guests.

“He wore his robe to show that he is truly one of us on this astounding day,” noted Administrative Judge Philip G. Minardo.

“I am so glad to be here,” said John Conner, Sullivan’s nephew. “I got to see the human side of Uncle Tom that most never got to see; no one was more respected than him, and more deserving of this honor.”

News photos -- Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

“Justice Sullivan, was a lifelong Staten Islander who was the heart of the office of the district attorney,” said Minardo. “He had a tough exterior and believed in justice. What set him apart was his attention to detail.”

“Young men always remember when great men are kind to them,” said Justice William F. Mastro. “During my 14-year tenure, Justice Sullivan was a giant among giants.”

Also on hand were Sullivan’s daughters and grandchildren, who helped in unveiling the portrait.

“ This has been a great day for me,” said Sullivan. “ I can’t get over the fact that everyone is here to honor me in such fashion. I thank everyone.”

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