New York state lawmakers in Albany have responded positively in the immediate aftermath of an ambitious set of proposals pitched by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in her State of the Judiciary speech this week that would require their approval, including higher pay for attorneys assigned to represent indigent defendants and a major restructuring of the New York judicial system.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, who chairs the Judiciary Committee in his chamber, said he’s considering holding hearings on the latter issue, which was first proposed formally more than two decades ago when Judith Kaye was chief judge.

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