County seeks assistance with state mandate

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee meets Monday, an item under consideration is a resolution urging state officials to assist with yet another unfunded mandate.

This time, the county is seeking assistance in paying for a mandated salary increase for the district attorney.

“New York State has significantly increased judges’ salaries over the next three years, forcing counties to increase pay for district attorneys,” the resolution states. “This increased state mandate requires Oswego County to raise the salary of the district attorney from $119,200 in 2011 to $152,500 by 2014.”

Legislators argue that while the state pays the entire salary and benefits of judges and justices, the state only provides supplemental appropriations to counties to partially cover the cost of state mandated pay for local district attorneys.

The salaries of full-time district attorneys and the clerks of the five boroughs of New York City are statutorily tied to those of New York State judges and justices in the Unified Court System.

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