The hearing took several hours, it is a lot of testimony to digest. I have a copy of the video testimony. I will digest the testimony and written submissions and will post a series of blogs reporting on the hearing.
I was taking notes during the hearing, I will make my own transcription of the testimony and will share portions of those transcriptions with my readers.
One thing I did not hear today from any of the numerous advocates for the judicial pay raise is an economical analysis of budgetary situation in New York and a substantiation whether New Yorkers can afford the pay raises that judges claimed they are entitled to.
Yet, a report about economic ranking of the State of New York as opposed to other states of the United States exists, and here it is.
Based on that report, New York ranks 46th out of 51 state in budgetary health/solvency, which matches with the 47th place in the level of judicial pay (according to the today's testimony of the chief counsel for Estee Lauder at the NYS Commission for Judicial, Executive and Legislative pay raise).
Yet, judges ask for "parity" (in pay only) with states that are ranking much higher than New York in budgetary issues.
That means that while judges ask for parity with other states in pay only, there exists no economic parity with other states because other states are managed better and, for that reason alone, can pay their public officials, including judges, more.
No advocates for judicial pay raises who testified today in favor of judicial pay raises (including, astonishingly, one of the members of presiding panel, retired judge Lack) mentioned that.
Here are some snapshots from a recent report on budgetary ranking across U.S. states.
New York has a debt of $17 dollars per EVERY resident - including babies, nursing home residents, prisoners and people who earn well below poverty levels.
At the very same time, judges claim "personal hardship" - when their current salaries are 3 times (!) higher than the average salary of New York taxpayers who fund them.
There was a lot of brown-nosing by attorneys and bar associations
I will probably have to dedicate a separate post per each
There was a lot of self-glorifying flowery statements by judges and
I told you earlier today it was going to be a stand-up comedy - and
There was a lot of mentioning of the Constitution
It is obviously safe to mention the Constitution in the setting
After all, I already stated earlier in this blog that the most
There were several witnesses today who testified about
I already asked Preet Bharara to address corruption in the
There was a judge from the 2nd Department lamenting the
One of such "lost talents" is 2nd Department recently retired
You can read my blogs about that particular legal "talent",
What is also very interesting is that, even though the Commission
There are also some curious points at the hearing.
The only time when the microphone during live-streaming failed
The only witnesses at whom two members of the Commission
the clips with comments.