Pay Raise for NY Judges??
Via New York Law Journal (entire article)
February 1, 2007
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday included more than $111 million in his executive budget to provide all state judges with a pay raise retroactive to April 1, 2005.
The bold and apparently unprecedented initiative of including a judicial pay increase in an executive budget would result in an average salary hike of about 25 percent for the judges, who have not had so much as a cost-of-living increase in eight years.
Under the proposal, which mirrors one first advanced by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, the salaries of all judges -- including Housing Court judges, who were excluded under a Pataki administration plan -- would see a pay hike of roughly 23 percent as of April. The remaining 2 percent would kick in if Congress approves a cost-of-living increase for federal judges.
In his budget commentary, the governor noted that the cost of living has increased more than 20 percent as the salaries of judges have remained stagnant. Spitzer said a pay raise is warranted "as a matter of fairness to judges and their families and as a matter of public policy."
The pay structure would, for now, link the salaries of state Supreme Court justices to those of federal district judges, while tying the salaries of the other state judges to those of Supreme Court justices. If Congress approves the next scheduled cost-of-living increase for federal judges, the salaries of New York's judges would be calculated as follows on April 1: