By Daniel Wiessner
ALBANY, N.Y., Oct 16 (Reuters) - Roughly six months after
New York's 1,300 state trial-level judges received their first
pay raise in 13 years, state court administrators have announced
that judges will not receive additional $10,000 stipends to
cover expenses during the current fiscal year.
Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti has been
traveling the state over the last week to inform judicial
associations that the stipends, which were instituted in 2008,
would not be continued this year, according to David Bookstaver,
a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration.
The stipends were used to pay for a range of items, from
judicial robes and newspaper subscriptions to computers, iPads
and judicial license plates, according to several judges.
The discontinuation of the stipends comes about a year after
a panel created by the state legislature recommended that
judges, who were making nearly $137,000 at the time, be given a
27 percent raise over three years. The first phase of the pay
hike took effect in April.
In an interview last month, before a final decision was made
about whether to continue the stipends, Chief Judge Jonathan
Lippman said the expense may no longer be tenable "with the
economy the way it is, and with government the way it is."
"The stipend addressed an extraordinary situation, and that
situation is over," Lippman said at the time.
As a result of the salary hike, judges were not expecting
the stipends this year, said Judge Barry Kamins, the chief
administrative judge of criminal courts in New York City.
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