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New York State Communications Director
Unified Court System Mai Yee, Communications Officer
Chief Administrative Judge Release: Immediate, October 23, 1997
Chief Judge Kaye appoints commission to review judicial compensation.
NEW YORK--Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman announced today the appointment of a commission to review judicial compensation for State judges in New York. The commission will be charged with evaluating the adequacy of the present pay levels received by the judiciary and formulating a systematic and appropriate process to adjust judicial salaries on a regular basis.
The last salary increase for New York State judges was enacted in 1993, with the most recent comprehensive analysis of judicial salaries undertaken in 1988 by a temporary commission chaired by former Court of Appeals Judge Hugh R. Jones.
Chief Judge Kaye stated, "This commission, which consists of many highly respected and distinguished leaders of the legal and business communities, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the comprehensive review of judicial compensation levels. Judges are entitled, on an ongoing basis, to fair and adequate pay for the critically important work they perform. The failure of judicial salaries to keep pace with changing economic conditions constitutes a major problem for the future of the judiciary. The commission will devote its attention to ensuring that judges receive compensation that is commensurate with their responsibilities."
Chief Administrative Judge Lippman added, "In the last decade, judges have suffered a significant loss of income in real economic terms because their pay has not kept up with changesin the cost of living. The absence of any mechanism for the periodic adjustment of judicial salaries is seriously jeopardizing the ability to retain experienced judges and attract to the judiciary the most capable lawyers from all economic backgrounds and geographic areas of the state--to the ultimate detriment of our society and our entire system of justice."
The commission will convene to examine the adequacy of pay presently received by the judiciary, taking into account the overall economic climate and prevailing salary levels in the public and private sectors, and make recommendations concerning appropriate levels of compensation for New York State Judges. The commission will give particular consideration to formulating a mechanism to provide for reasonable periodic adjustments.
The co-chairs of the commission are Milton Mollen, Counsel to Graubard Mollen & Miller, and former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, and John R. Dunne, Counsel to Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, and former New York State Senator and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The members of the commission are:
·310·Fritz W. Alexander II, Counsel, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., former New York City Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, and former Judge, New York Court of Appeals, New York City·310
·310·Richard J. Bartlett, Member, Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes, P.C., and former Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts·310
·310·Harvey B. Besunder, private practice, Hauppauge·310
·310·Philip M. Damashek, Member, Schneider, Kleinick, Weitz, Damashek & Shoot, New York City·310
·310·John D. Feerick, Dean, Fordham University School of Law, New York City·310
·310·Maryann Saccomando Freedman, Counsel, Cohen & Lombardo, P.C., and Past President, New York State Bar Association, Buffalo·310
·310·Robert L. Haig, Member, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, and Past President of the NewYork County Lawyers Association, New York City·310
·310·Robert R. Kiley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, Inc., New York City·310
·310·Joseph J. Kunzeman, Member, Stanley R. Waxman, P.C., and former Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, Mineola ·310
·310·Anthony R. Palermo, Member, Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear, LLP, and Past President of the New York State Bar Association, Rochester·310
·310·Fern Schair, Past Executive Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York City·310
·310·Daniel B. Walsh, President, New York State Business Council, and former Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly, Albany·310