Establishes the counties of residence that eleven additional judges previously authorized to serve on the civil court of the city of New York shall be elected from.
Ayes (20): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, Padavan, Leibell
Ayes W/R (4): DeFrancisco, LaValle, Nozzolio, Robach
Nays (9): Johnson O, Volker, Seward, Saland, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, Maziarz, Marcellino
BILL NUMBER: S1745
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to the election of additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : This bill would apportion the eleven addition NYC Civil Court judgeships previously authorized by the legislature in 1993, but never distributed among the five counties of NYC and therefore never elected and utilized.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill would amend section 102-a of the New York city civil court act, as added by chapter 511 of the laws of 1993, to apportion the eleven-addiition NYC Civil court judgeships previously authorized by the legislature in 1993, but never distributed among the five counties of NYC and therefore never elected and utilized, as follows: New York County: 1 judgeship; Kings: 3 judgeships; Queens: 4 judgeships; Bronx: 2 judgeships; Richmond: 1 judgeship.
JUSTIFICATION : The Civil Court docket in New York City has increased dramatically in the thirty years since additional judgeships were added. In recognition of this, the legislature authorized eleven additional judgeships in 1993, but has never established how these eleven judgeships are to be apportioned among NYC's five counties. In essence, the legislature's determination to address the increasing docket of NYC Civil Court cases in 1993 has still not been realized fourteen years later. This bill finally apportions these judges and gives NYC residents whose cases are heard in Civil Court the relief they need to have their cases heard in a speedy manner. The breakdown among the counties reflects the docket load of each county, with Queens receiving the greatest number of judges because it has the highest judge/docket ratio.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately, and judges elected pursuant to this legislation will take office on January 1, 2010.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1745 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 5, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to the election of additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 102-a of the New York city civil court act, as added by chapter 511 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: 2. The twenty-five additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York authorized on June first, nineteen hundred sixty-eight by chap- ter nine hundred eighty-seven of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty- eight shall be elected in and from the residents of the following coun- ties in the indicated numbers: from the county of New York, seven; from the county of Kings, seven; from the county of Queens, six; from the county of Bronx, four; and from the county of Richmond, one. Such addi- tional judges shall receive the same compensation as the existing judges of the civil court of the city of New York. The eleven additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York authorized by this section shall be
[chosen by the electors of the counties included within the city of New York from districts within such counties as shall be estab- lished by law]ELECTED IN AND FROM THE RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING COUN- TIES IN THE INDICATED NUMBERS: FROM THE COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ONE; FROM THE COUNTY OF KINGS, THREE; FROM THE COUNTY OF QUEENS, FOUR; FROM THE COUNTY OF BRONX, TWO; AND FROM THE COUNTY OF RICHMOND, ONE. SUCH ADDI- TIONAL JUDGES SHALL RECEIVE THE SAME COMPENSATION AS THE EXISTING JUDGES OF THE CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01052-01-9