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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

OCA's Dysfunction Strikes Again

Judge Resigns Second Department Over Wages
The New York Law Journal by Daniel Wise  -  September 20, 2011

Justice Joseph Covello of the Appellate Division, Second Department, who resigned last week, expressed disappointment yesterday that the pay raise approved by a special commission last month "isn't a ton of money," especially since the state's 1,300 judges have only received one raise in the last 20 years.  Justice Covello called his decision to leave the bench to join an eight-lawyer litigation firm in Mineola "incredibly bittersweet," but "clearly an economic one." With his arrival, the firm has been changed to Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello.  Justice Covello is the third Appellate Division judge to cite the pay drought as what drove him from the bench. The others are Robert Spolzino in the Second Department (NYLJ, Aug. 4, 2009) and James M. McGuire in the First Department (NYLJ, Nov. 15, 2010).  The commission created by statute to end the stalemate over raises for the state judges approved an increase in the salary of Appellate Division justices from the current $139,700 to $168,600 next April, to $176,000 in 2013 and to $183,300 in 2014. Those raises will take effect automatically unless the Legislature and the governor object.  Justice Covello was elected to Nassau District Court in 1995 and to Supreme Court in 2000. He was appointed to the Second Department bench in 2005.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have to assume that this guy wasn't on the 'extra' payroll list, so he had to move on. Lippman needs to be replaced ASAP.

The Devil's apologist. said...

Good riddens. The phony claimed he wanted to serve the people when he ran for office. Like a typical NY judge, he can't serve his two masters, the people and the Devil. The Devil pays more up front.

JAIL4judges said...

Great News! Now there's only 1,299 more to GO! Start building new JAILS because we're going to begin to find out the crimes that these slugs were engaged in and we will need the JAIL space - hey what about GITMO? A little waterboarding wouldn't hurt, would it?

Anonymous said...

Who cares if he wants a raise. He got and will get great benifits including money put in for his pension fund. That is why he stayed more than 10 years. If you work gfor someone and you do not like the pay you leave and GET ANOTHER job. Since when that if we do not like the pay we sue. Thie lawyer that was moonlighting as a dominatrix was making less than 80k
Other people will be glad to take the job. Law firms are not hiring.

Lippman used his position as chief judge to lobby for more money what a joke. Is that what he is paid to do? Lobby for judges pay or is he chief judge.

Anonymous said...

what a bunch of idiots, lets pay a bunch of others lawyers to fight for the judges to get a raise, just give the judges a raise and get your money back from those other lawyers and give those court employers their jobs back....
or else they will be writing a book and shut our whore houses down!

Anonymous said...

what a bunch of idiots, lets pay a bunch of others lawyers to fight for the judges to get a raise, just give the judges a raise and get your money back from those other lawyers and give those court employers their jobs back....
or else they will be writing a book and shut our whore houses down!

Anonymous said...

I got them doing this shit long before Lippman was in, that is why they keep ditching these cases up at the Attorney Grievance, they were doing it before....
they are doing it to each other!

maybe some of those guys up in the FED PEN would like to know who the real snitches/cheats are!

Anonymous said...

I got them doing this shit long before Lippman was in, that is why they keep ditching these cases up at the Attorney Grievance, they were doing it before....
they are doing it to each other!

maybe some of those guys up in the FED PEN would like to know who the real snitches/cheats are!

Anonymous said...

He wants a raise does he, give him and all of them a swift kick in the arse! Let's see how high they go!

Anonymous said...

"Let them eat cake!"

Anonymous said...

OCA can't walk and chew gum at the sametime, so what do you expect

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