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Gary Spencer
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Date: April 9, 2007

Seal of the Unified Court System

Chief Judge Kaye Announces Five-Point Plan to Address Crisis in Judicial Salaries

ALBANY, NY–Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye today made a public statement at Court of Appeals Hall addressing the growing crisis in the New York State Judiciary arising from the failure to enact a judicial pay raise for more than eight years – longer without a pay adjustment than judges in any other state or federal court system in the country. Chief Judge Kaye outlined a series of steps that she will be taking immediately to achieve concrete action on judicial salary reform before the Legislature adjourns in June. These measures reflect her determination to act in a strong but responsible manner consistent with her role as the leader of an independent and coequal branch of government, while making clear that the Judiciary will not stand idle or accept the deplorable treatment it has received on this critically important issue. The full text of Chief Judge Kaye’s statement, along with a fact sheet detailing the urgency of judicial compensation reform, is included.

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