- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - While the current state budget funds 20 more family court judges statewide intended to help ease crowded dockets, legislators still have to determine how to distribute them.

They would take office next year, following upstate elections in November.

The Assembly last week passed a bill that would follow the recommendation of judicial administrators.

That would add nine more judges in New York City, where they are appointed, and 11 in other counties around the state.

Pending Senate legislation would do that and also add three more upstate judges in 2016.

Denise Kronstadt, deputy director at the Fund for Modern Courts, says legislators have shown bipartisan support for “addressing the unconscionable delays” in the state’s family courts.

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