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Chief judge takes New York to court over low pay

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Chief Judge Judith Kaye has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state’s 1,250 judges claiming the political process has denied them their constitutional rights to an “adequate” salary. The reason: The New York Legislature hasn’t given them a raise in a decade.

New York state trial judges receive $136,700 a year, the 49th-lowest pay of all states when adjusted for cost of living. Kaye seeks a raise to $169,300, the same level as federal district court judges.

Kaye’s attorney said she hopes to settle the matter rather than engage in an “unseemly” courtroom battle.  

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