Nine years is a long time to go without a raise. And that’s how long New York’s judges have gone without. And when I say no raise, I mean they haven’t even received a cost of living increase to their $135,900 salary.
So Staten Island’s Acting Supreme Court Justice Philip Straniere is letting his whiskers go as his way of protesting.
[T]the way things are going, my beard should be long enough by Christmas for me to get work as a sidewalk Santa for some charity.”
Since first year associates at big firms blow the judiciary out of the water with the money they make, we can expect a decline in our state’s judiciary if this continues.
And if the beard idea gets traction in the courthouses, things could get interesting.
- Where Are Our Judicial Pay Raises? (1/29/07)
- New York’s Chief Judge Threatens To Sue For Pay Raises (4/9/07)
- A Judicial Brawl in New York As Chief Judge Kaye Abandons Lawsuit Threat (7/9/07)
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eric turkewitz’s new york personal injury law blog has a post on staten island’s acting supreme court justice philip straniere growing a pretty much out of control beard in protest of new york judges failure to get a raise in nine years …posted by Ronald V. Miller, Jr. @ December 08, 2007 11:53 AM