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After 13 Years with No Raises, Many New York Judges Are Dissatisfied with 17% Pay Hike

Posted Mar 30, 2012 9:50 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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State judges in New York will be getting a 17 percent raise this fiscal year, but many say it’s too little given the long wait.

Judges last got a raise in January 1999, the New York Law Journal reports. Beginning April 1, they will get raises over three years totaling 27 percent in all. The raises were set by a seven-member commission this summer.

Several judges interviewed by the New York Law Journal were dissatisfied. “Several judges remain bitter,” the story says, “some say it's too little and too late, and many are relieved that the new commission process should prevent the Third Branch from ever again being held hostage to legislative politics in Albany.”

Annual pay for trial-level supreme court judges will jump from $136,700 to $160,000 on April 1, to $167,000 in 2013, and to $174,000 in 2014, according to a New York Law Journal chart (PDF). Judges on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, will make $192,500 in 2014, except for the chief judge, who will make $198,600.

Prior coverage:

New York Times: "Commission Raises N.Y. Judges’ Pay 27% Over 3 Years"

New York Times: "Pay Frozen, More New York Judges Leave Bench"

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