Governor David A. Paterson on Friday signed legislation its supporters say clears a path to give New York state’s 1,300 state-paid judges their first raise since 1999.

The new law requires the establishment every fourth year of a seven-member commission to evaluate and make recommendations about the adequacy of the judges’ pay and non-salary benefits. Each panel’s recommendations would go into effect automatically unless the Legislature and the governor enacted a statute to modify or reject the findings. The first raises would be paid in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2012.

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