County DA in line for 17 percent raise

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes will see his salary soar as the state has approved more compensation for the position.

Oakes salary will jump from $119,800 annually to a minimum of $140,166 — an increase of more than $20,000.

The legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee approved the modification of the district attorney’s budget to accept an allocation in the amount of $59,989 from the State of New York for assistance under the District Attorney Salary Aid Program.

According to the memorandum attached to the resolution, “Chapter 567 of the Laws of 2010 created the Special Commission on Judicial Compensation to examine, evaluate and make recommendations with respect to adequate levels of compensation and non-salary benefits for Judges and Justices of the state paid courts of the Unified Court System.”

It continues, “The Commission recommended that all New York State judges receive phased-in salary increases over the next three fiscal years beginning April 1, 2012 and a law was adopted with these recommendations.

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