NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A751A
SPONSOR: Gunther (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to the
payment of salaries for certain district attorneys; and making an appro-
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this legislation is to provide for state aid for salary
increases for certain district attorneys.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 & Section 2 amend subdivision 11 of section 700 of county law
and a new paragraph (d) is added to provide that counties shall receive
one hundred percent state aid for the increase in salary costs for
district attorneys as enacted in the 2018 FY state budget.
Section 3 appropriates $1.6 million dollars to carry out the provisions
of this act.
Section 4 provides for an immediate effective date.
This bill would provide 100 percent state aid to counties for increases
in local District Attorneys' (DA) full-time salaries that were imposed
by the New York State Commission of Legislative, Judicial, and Executive
Compensation's recent actions on judicial pay, since they are statutori-
ly tied together.
The pay raises for judges and full-time DAs are binding per the Commis-
sion, and the 2016-17 state budget did not provide funding to the coun-
ties to cover the cost of either of the increases that were mandated by
The state's judicial system sets its own budget, which incorporated the
pay raise for judges within its current budget. However, funding for the
additional costs for DAs was not included in the governor's FY 2017
Executive Budget proposal, or in the final state budget. In the past,
the state has consistently funded the DA salary increases in the state
budget. In 2015, New York state covered about 50 percent of local DA
salaries, and each respective county's budget covered the remaining
As a result of not providing for additional aid in the Executive Budget
Proposal, or the final budget, counties must cover this additional cost
for full-time DAs, which approximately is a 15 percent increase, or
about $30,000 per county, without any additional assistance from New
This unanticipated DA full-time salary increase disproportionately
impacts county budgets in many parts of the state where median incomes
are significantly lower, and in counties that do not have strong
reserves or that do not otherwise have the ability to absorb this
increased salary cost.
This bill provides needed relief to the counties from the Judicial Pay
Commission's mandated salary increase for full-time DA salaries.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2016: A10152A referred to Ways & Means/S7408A passed Senate
Approximately $1.6 million.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
January 9, 2017
Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER, LUPARDO, WOERNER, JENNE, MAGEE, SKOUFIS,
BARRETT, GALEF, HAWLEY, OAKS, BLANKENBUSH, STEC, McDONALD, JONES,
PALMESANO, B. MILLER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BARCLAY, McDO-
NOUGH, SKARTADOS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways
and Means -- recommitted to the Committee on Ways and Means in accord-
ance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill
amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to the payment of salaries
for certain district attorneys; and making an appropriation therefor
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 11 of section 700 of the coun-
2 ty law, as amended by section 1 of part E of chapter 412 of the laws of
3 1999, is amended to read as follows:
4 (c) Commencing with the nineteen hundred eighty-seven calendar year,
5 the comptroller shall annually determine the amount of state aid payable
6 to each county pursuant to paragraphs (a) [and], (b) and (d) hereof for
7 each calendar year and shall pay such amount on his audit and warrant to
8 the chief fiscal officer of each such county during the month of Septem-
9 ber in each such year. Where a county first becomes entitled to state
10 aid pursuant to paragraphs (a) [and], (b) and (d) hereof on a day other
11 than January first, nineteen hundred ninety-nine or January first of any
12 other year thereafter, the amount of state aid payable to such county in
13 the year it first becomes entitled to such state aid shall be prorated
15 § 2. Subdivision 11 of section 700 of the county law is amended by
16 adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
17 (d) In addition to the state aid provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) of
18 this subdivision, each county, the salary of the district attorney of
19 which is determined pursuant to section one hundred eighty-three-a of
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 the judiciary law, shall be entitled to receive state aid in the amount
2 of one hundred percent of the difference between the amount required to
3 be paid to such district attorney pursuant to section one hundred eight-
4 y-three-a of the judiciary law on and after April first, two thousand
5 eighteen and the amount required to be paid pursuant to such section
6 immediately prior to such date.
7 § 3. The sum of one million six hundred thousand dollars ($1,600,000),
8 or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the
9 department of audit and control out of any moneys in the state treasury
10 in the general fund to the credit of the local assistance account, not
11 otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose
12 of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such moneys shall be payable
13 on the audit and warrant of the comptroller to the chief fiscal officer
14 of each such county as prescribed by law.
15 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.