Provides that the salaries of county, family and surrogate's court judges shall be the same as that of justices of the supreme court.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to salaries of county court, family court and surrogate's court judges, and repealing certain provisions of such law relating thereto
PURPOSE: This bill would eliminate the various pay scales and provide that all trial judges, at the county and supreme court level, receive the same salary.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 221-b states that the salary of justices of the supreme court and judges of the county, family, and surrogate courts shall be the same.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would eliminate the judicial pay disparities that exist in New York State. There is no other state that has such a fractured and irrational compensation plan. For example, New York is the only state that pays its felony trial judges less than its civil court judges and New York is one of only a few states that pays its family court judges less then its civil court judges. Currently, supreme court judges are paid the same in New York regardless of their location; yet this is not true for family, county and surrogate court judges. One argument often made against pay equity for judges is the cost of living differences between jurisdictions. However, all Senators and Assembly members are paid the same regardless of their district location. It is the intent of this bill to bring to light judicial any disparities and provide a meaningful solution.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012 - S.1442 Remained in the Committee on Judiciary 2009/2010 - S.635/A.1689 Remained in the Committees on Judiciary 2007/2008 - S.801/A.1410 Remained in the Committees on Judiciary 2005/2006 - S.547/A.678 Remained in the Committees on Judiciary
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: It is estimated that this will cost approximately $3 million per year.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1165 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, SAMPSON, SMITH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to salaries of county court, family court and surrogate's court judges, and repealing certain provisions of such law relating thereto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 221-b of the judiciary law, as added by chapter 630 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: S 221-b. Salary of justices of the supreme court AND JUDGES OF THE COUNTY, FAMILY AND SURROGATE COURTS. The annual salary of a justice of the supreme court AND EACH JUDGE OF A COUNTY, FAMILY AND SURROGATE'S COURT SHALL BE THE SAME AND shall be as follows: Justice AND JUDGE 136,700 S 2. Sections 221-d, 221-e, and 221-f of the judiciary law are REPEALED. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01805-01-3