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ALBANY – A powerful legislative committee chairman took the unusual step Tuesday night of denying on the floor of the Assembly that an apparent drafting glitch in the Judiciary’s 2009-10 proposed budget would allow court officials to pay long-sought raises to state judges. The idea that the Judiciary could bypass the state Constitution and Judiciary Law to unilaterally give judges raises is “100 percent incorrect,” Herman D. Farrell Jr., chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, told his colleagues. Excerpt From Bill*

“The appropriation made by chapter 51, section 2, of the laws of 2008, is hereby amended and reappropriated to read ‘for expenses necessary to fund adjustments in the compensation of state-paid judges and justices of the unified court system and of housing judges of the New York city civil court, [pursuant to a subsequent chapter of law specifying such salary levels] …’” *Brackets should have been removed.

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