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Bill S2478-2013

Increases number of supreme court justices in the thirteenth judicial district to ten and in the second judicial district to fifty-two

Increases the number of supreme court justices in the thirteenth judicial district to ten and in the second judicial district to fifty-two.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • May 30, 2013: referred to judiciary
  • May 30, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 30, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • May 29, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.806
  • May 29, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jan 17, 2013: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S2478

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to the number of justices of the supreme court in the second and thirteenth judicial districts

PURPOSE: To increase the number of Justices in the 13th Judicial District to ten and to increase the number of Justices in the 2nd Judicial District to fifty-two.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:!

Section one amends subdivision 2 and 13 of section 140-a of the Judiciary Law as added by Chapter 690 of the Laws of 2007 to increase the number of Justices in the 13th Judicial District to ten and to increase the number of Justices in the 2nd Judicial District to fifty-two.

Section two allows Justice Thomas P. Aliotta, and his successor in office on the effective date of this act shall for the remainder of the term for which he or she was elected or appointed to be a justice of the supreme court in and for the 13th Judicial District.

Section three requires 2 additional justices of the Supreme court in the 13th District and 2 additional Justices in the 2nd Judicial District provided for in section one of this act shall first be elected at the general election in held in November 2014 and shall first take office January 1, 2015. Another 3 additional Justices of the Supreme Court in the 13th District and two Justices of the Supreme Court in the 2nd District provided for in section one of this act shall first be elected at the general election in held in November 2015 and shall first take office January 1, 2016. The remaining Justice for the 13th District shall first be elected at the general election in held in November 2016 and shall first take office January 1, 2017.

Section four is an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: On December 5, 2007, the Governor signed legislation, Chapter 690 of the Laws of 2007 creating the 13th Judicial District. Under this law, Staten Island (Richmond County) was allowed to have to have three Supreme Court Justices. Under the State Constitution, a Supreme Court District must have one Justice for every 50,000 residents. Based on the most recent U.S. Census data, Staten Island is allowed 10 Justices. By increasing the number of Justices authorized by the New York Constitution, Staten Island should receive more judges to handle ever-heavier caseloads. This bill is the final step in the process to give Staten Island the required 10 Justice positions for the 13th Judicial District. The bill will also authorize four Supreme Court Justices to the 2nd Judicial District.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.4225 Passed Senate/A.7481 - Referred to Judiciary 2011: S.7481- Passed Senate/A.7481 -Referred to Judiciary 2010: S.615-Referred to Judiciary /A.4049 - Referred to Judiciary 2009: S.615-Referred to Judiciary /A.4049 - Referred to Judiciary 2008: S.6754- Passed Senate/A.11142- Referred to Judiciary

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2478 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 17, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 the number of justices of the supreme court in the second and thirteenth judicial districts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 2 and 13 of section 140-a of the judiciary law, subdivision 2 as amended and subdivision 13 as added by chapter 690 of the laws of 2007, are amended to read as follows: 2. Second district, [forty-nine] FIFTY-TWO; 13. Thirteenth district, [three] TEN. S 2. Justice Thomas P. Aliotta, and his successor in office on the effective date of this act shall for the remainder of the term for which he or she was elected or appointed be a justice of the supreme court in and for the thirteenth judicial district. S 3. Two of the additional justices of the supreme court in the thir- teenth judicial district and two additional justices of the supreme court in the second judicial district provided for by section one of this act shall first be elected at the general election to be held in November 2014 and shall first take office January 1, 2015. Another three of the additional justices of the supreme court in the thirteenth judi- cial district and the other two justices of the supreme court in the second judicial district provided for by section one of this act shall first be elected at the general election to be held in November 2015 and shall first take office January 1, 2016. The remaining additional justice of the supreme court in the thirteenth judicial district provided for by section one of this act shall first be elected at the general election to be held in November 2016 and shall first take office January 1, 2017. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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