By JASON GREENBERG
On behalf of the state’s 57 counties, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) today called on the State Assembly to pass a bill that will reimburse courtroom counties for a state-mandated District Attorney (DA) salary increase enacted by the state on April 1st.
When the state raised the salaries of Supreme and County Court judges to $193,000, they also raised county district attorney salaries, which are linked by State Judicial Law 183-a. State Supreme and County Court judges are paid by the state, DAs are paid by the county, and each previous state-imposed DA salary increase has been funded by the state.
“This is a quintessential unfunded state mandate. The state raised the salary of an elected county official and they shifted the cost to the local level to be paid for by county taxpayers,” said NYSAC President William E. Cherry, the Schoharie County Treasurer.
On April 1, 2016 the State adopted a budget that is over $150 billion statewide, but did not include the approximately $1.6 million for counties to fund the DA salary increases. Interestingly, the state also did not include a general fund allocation for the judges’ salaries, forcing those raises to come out of the Judiciary budget.
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