Cuomo Must Act by Dec. 18 on City Court Judge Bill

, New York Law Journal

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has until Dec. 18 to sign or veto a bill that would add the equivalent of 16 1/2 full-time judges to city court benches around New York state.

The bill, A6552/S4043, was sent to Cuomo on Dec. 6 by the Assembly, which was the first chamber to approve the measure in the 2013 legislative session.

The bill would add one full-time judge to city courts in Buffalo, Newburgh, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Troy and Yonkers and partial judgeships in 21 other cities. State law currently authorizes 143 1/2 full-time city court judges.

Support for the bill has included endorsements by a host of mayors and district attorneys, veterans' groups and advocates for victims of domestic violence (NYLJ, Nov. 26).

Cuomo has not publicly indicated his intent. If approved, it would be the first increase in the number of city court judges since 2006.

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