Commission To Make Pay Recommendations For NY Judges

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A new seven-member commission is about to set in stone pay recommendations for New York State judges, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports.

The new Judicial Compensation Commission will make force of law pay recommendations since judges in New York State have not had a raise in 12 years.

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Chief Judge Jonathan Lipman said the raises will go into effect unless the governor and the legislature both say no.

“They go into effect automatically abrogated by the legislature. Unless they knock it out, and the governor signs a bill saying ‘No, we’re not going to do that. It’s automatic,” Lipman said.

Gov. David Paterson said the problem needs immediate attention.

“Right now, Supreme Court judges who are at the high end of the pay scale in the judiciary. They are often making $25,000 less than first-year attorneys that practice in front of them,” Paterson said.

Lipman, meanwhile, thinks the pay recommendations would be the best step for society.

“The courts today are the emergency room for society’s ills and problems and disputes. When you go into the emergency room, you want the best doctor. When you go into the court, you want the best judge.”

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  • Oceanbreeze

    For paterson to suggest that a attorneys first year in practice earns more has nothing at all to do with the job of a judge, Paterson is not thinking rational at all.
    Judges should be glad they have one of the few jobs out there in a recession that they are still able to work.


  • bush

    I believe David Paterson’s comment is a flat-out lie.

    How many first year attorneys get to argue cases before the state’s Supreme Court? Are most law firms sending their rookies up to argue the big issues in the Supreme Court?

    Come on … is David hitting the “sniff-sniff” again ???

  • teetotaler

    Cheif Judge Lippman says “If you go into court you want the best judge.” Does he mean that they are now inferior witout the pay raise and that they will get better after they get a raise?

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