Age Amendment Backers Collect Another $144,630

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A committee promoting a constitutional amendment to extend the state's retirement age for some judges raised $144,630 in new donations from Sept. 31 to Oct. 21, according to filings with the state Board of Elections. The latest contributions bring to just over $510,000 the amount raised by Justice for All 2013 since its formation more than a month ago.

The bulk of new donations­, $125,080, came from law firms. Duffy & Duffy, a Uniondale medical malpractice and personal injury firm, was the largest contributor with $50,000. The Manhattan personal injury specialist Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo gave $25,000 and Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel of Manhattan donated $10,000.

Among individual donors, retired Court of Appeals judges Judith Kaye and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick each gave $1,500. Both had said they wished they could have remained on the court longer when they reached the court's mandatory retirement age of 70, Kaye in 2008 and Ciparick in 2012.

Former state judges James McGuire and James Lack, like Kaye and Ciparick members of the Justice for All 2013 group, each gave $750. William Thompson, unsuccessful Democratic candidate for New York City mayor in 2013 and former chairman of a special committee that recommended increases in judicial pay, donated $1,000.

The $206,863 in expenditures reported by the group were made through the MirRam Group, a Manhattan-based political consultant hired by the committee to direct the committee's promotional efforts. They include $99,500 for a pro-amendment mailer, $50,000 for calls to prospective voters and $7,000 for social media. As of Thursday, the group had $139,416 in the bank.

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