URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Citizens against a 41% pay raise increase for NY Judges, must participate and testify in opposition this Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Albany.
June 30, 2011 was the 9l’st day of the New York’s Judicial Compensation Commission statutorily-fixed 150-day existence. Yet, there has been no report by the press about the Commission’s organizational meeting which, according to the now two-week old June 16th Reuters article, “New York judges ask for 4l-percent raise, retroactive pay!”, was to have been held by June 30th. The Commission’s obligations under the Open Meetings Law & Executive Order #3 requests notification of all meetings to those who wish to testify in opposition. In response, an open meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2011 for the general public.
Victims of judicial corruption have a powerful opportunity to vindicate their own rights and advance reform by testifying in opposition to pay raises for corrupt New York judges at a public hearing to be held by New York’s Judicial Compensation Commission on Wednesday, July 20th, at 11 a.m., in Albany.
Citizens in opposition of the proposed pay rase increased must know that this law will pass in April if there is no opposition. On Wednesday, July 20, I will testify in opposition and bring with me a personal and harrowing experience as a pro se litigant in the NY courts, from Family Court, to the Appellate Division, to Supreme Court. I will be mentioning every name that is on the NY WALL OF SHAME as well as other most recent offenders.
I am opposed to the pay raise increase for NY Judges. The hundreds of millions of dollars should be allocated for restitution for the victims of the flawed system, as it has been for too long now. A functional mechanism must be established to discipline and remove the corrupt and incompetent who abuse their litigants and cause great suffering to anyone who brings their affairs into a courtroom. Dishonesty and the failure of judicial conduct commissions and screening panels assist to to further abuse the American public.
These judges have spent half a million dollars to arrive to their place, and earn their salary, wishing to be in a position of political power, and assert their agenda. This is not about the pay, and a pay increase will not ensure the elevation of caliber amongst them.
Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc. (CJA), whose May 23rd and June 23rd letters to the Judicial Compensation Commission called upon it to hold public hearings “to ensure that its work is informed by evidence-based facts as to the supposed quality of our state judges entitling them to increased compensation, including the quality of those judges who have complained that they are underpaid.” CJA’s position, expressed by its May 23rd letter, is that there must be NO increases in judicial compensation:
“until mechanisms are in place and functioning to remove judges who deliberately pervert the rule of law and any semblance of justice and whose decisions are nothing short of ‘judicial perjuries’, being knowingly false and fabricated. Such judges, willfully destroying the lives of countless New Yorkers, the wellbeing of our state, and our democracy as a whole, are unworthy of their current salaries and benefits – being paid by hardworking New Yorkers.”