Razed Pay Raises?
May 30th, 2007

New Yorkers oppose giving the legislature a pay raise, but might support one for judges.

A Siena College poll found that nearly two thirds of New Yorkers oppose giving the legislature a pay raise. Legislators earn $79,500 per year and have not had a pay raise since 1999, but are among the better paid state legislators in the country. Technically, serving on the legislature is a part-time job, and other states offer salaries as low as several dollars per day.

But New York’s judges do not fare as well as their counterparts. The National Center for State Courts released a report finding that New Yorks judges are paid less than judges in 36 other states (adjusted for cost of living). Chief Justice Judith Kaye earns $156,000 — about the same amount as a first-year associate at a top New York City law firm. Like the members of the legislature, New York judges havenot had a pay raise since 1999.

Legislation connecting judicial pay raises to legislative pay raises and creating a separate commission to handle such decisions disintegrated when negotiations on campaign finance reform legislation unraveled.And Kaye has warned that she might sue Governor Eliot Spitzer and the legislature if they do not increase judicial salaries before the end of the session in June.

By on May 30, 2007, 7:06 am
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