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New York Judges Move Closer To A Pay Raise

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An indendepent commission will examine judges pay, thanks to a new law.

New York State judges no longer have to rely on the State Legislature to give them pay raises. Governor Paterson today signed a bill that creates a commission to determine how much money justices should make. It will first meet in April of next year, and the first raise in more than 13 years is expected to come in April 2012.

Steven Younger, President of New York’s Bar Association, said “For our judges, this means they can pursue a career in public service that’s a wonderful lofty ideal without having to worry about sacrificing for their families.”

Governor Paterson, among others, say judges can sometimes make $25,000 less than first year lawyers.