Counties in the News May 17, 2016

Tuesday's news from counties across the state.
Reimburse Counties for DA Salary Increase

The NYS Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation voted to recommend an increase in state salaries in 2016 and 2018. Without objection by the State, the recommendations became law on April 1, 2016.
State law links District Attorney salaries to judicial salaries. Historically, when the State has adjusted the judicial salaries, it has reimbursed counties for the increase in DA salaries through the State Budget. This year, that did not happen.
NYSAC and the District Attorneys Association have requested the State Legislature pass legislation to reimburse counties for the increases associated with the recent state judicial salary increase.
We recognize that county officials perform many essential public functions of state and local concern. Perhaps no county service is more essential than ensuring law and order in our communities, which is upheld by our local prosecutors. DAs are entitled to the fair and just compensation pursuant to law for fulfilling the state constitutional and statutory duties related to the enforcement of the State Penal Law. However, any state-mandated salary increase, as a matter of equity and fairness, must be met by the State.
Bills have been introduced (S7408A, Young; A10152, Gunther) that would provide for state reimbursement for the DA salary increase.
Recognizing that the DA salary increase is a new state mandated cost to counties, NYSAC urges you to contact your state representative to support an agreed upon bill that gets passed and sent to the Governor to be enacted into law.

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