Cuomo signs bill to add 20 family court judges

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today to add another 25 family-court judges in New York.

courtappealsThe bill came after the state budget added 20 new family-court judges, but the court system said they needed more to address the backlog of cases.

Nine of the judges would be added in New York City. Judges there are appointed.

One each would be elected this November in the following counties: Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties. They would take office Jan. 1.

Under the bill, others would be elected in 2015 in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, and Warren counties. They would take office on Jan. 1, 2016.

“The harsh reality is that Family Court caseloads have become an unmanageable aspect of our counties’ legal systems, and the judges who oversee these proceedings are in desperate need of relief,” said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, said in a statement.

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