NY Chief Judge Reduces Courts' Budget By $100M

Law360, New York (March 2, 2011, 6:00 PM EST) -- The head of the New York judiciary announced Wednesday that he had reduced the court system's $2.7 billion budget request for the 2011 fiscal year by $100 million at the request of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said the austerity measures would take the form of a hard freeze on hiring and layoffs of administrative and nonoperational personnel, if necessary.

Judge Lippman said that the judiciary may also reexamine programs that provide for expenditures like judicial hearing officers — retired judges who are paid...
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