NY to Increase Family Court Judges Across the State

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/03 2014 12:46PM

Updated 06/03 2014 12:47PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's Assembly passes legislation to increase family court judges across the state.

A press release says the legislation would assign 20 new family court judges; nine to New York City and one judge in the counties of Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester. 

“For too long there has been a soaring number of caseloads for the same number of Family Court judges, resulting in severe delays and troubling effects for some of New York’s most vulnerable community members,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said. “Children are growing up in and out of foster care, neglectful parents are not being held accountable and troubled youth are missing out on opportunities for a brighter future, being forced instead to spend time in Criminal Court as they age out of Family Court systems. Letting this continue to happen is simply unacceptable. I urge the Senate to join us and act swiftly to increase the number of Family Court judges throughout the state.”

The slots will be filled for these positions during the 2014 general election. The legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

effective January 1, 2015. Slots for these judgeships would be filled at the November 2014 general election.

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