While the focus of public rage over politician salaries is elsewhere, New York judges are starting to rival school superintendents for salary and the elected posts are increasingly becoming prime plums for lawyers, especially in areas of the state where lawyers struggle to get $200 an hour.
With judge salaries nearing $200K, our local judges are smiling as they get the raises without nasty grams on the OP/ED page.
One of two City judge posts is up in 2017 and the higher pay will likely entice someone anxious for a good job to run against incumbent Catherine Palermo, who was appointed to a part time slot in 2012 prior to the Legislature making it full time slot.
While a limited number of lawyers live in the City, the name of last year's Democratic DA candidate has been mentioned, if he is willing to switch party registration.
The salary and benefits and the ten year term are enticing and it's a job with prestige without having to hustle up clients or pay a staff.
State judge salaries would near $200,000 under new plan, a 40% hike since 2011 | syracuse.com