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Higher retirement age for NY judges is rejected by voters

Posted Nov 6, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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New York voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would raise the mandatory retirement age to 80 for judges.

The state constitutional amendment would have applied to judges on New York’s Supreme Court and the state's top court, the Court of Appeals, but not to lower-level judges, the New York Times reports. The Supreme Court hears cases at the trial and appellate level.

Currently the retirement age for judges is 70, though Supreme Court judges can get an extension to age 76 if they get medical and mental exams every two years.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had “quietly opposed the measure,” which would have hampered his ability to shape the top court, the story says. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman had supported the higher age.

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