There’s still no word from five local state Supreme Court judges in their 70s as to whether they’ll give up their pensions to remain on the bench.
My Tax Watch column today explored the ramifications of the court system’s new rule for those judges seeking to serve past the mandatory retirement age of 70. There are currently allowed to be certified for three, two-year terms until they reach 76. Last week, the court system, reeling from criticism from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, changed the rule to prohibit judges from receiving their pensions and earning a state salary when they seek certification to serve in their 70s.
The state action c0mes as voters on Nov. 5 will decide whether to raise the retirement age to 80.
Among the judges affected by the order are state Supreme Court judges pictured above – Gerald Loehr, of Ardsley,left, and Rory Bellantoni, of Rye Brook. Othes are Francis Nicolai, of Pleasantville; William Kelly of Clarkstown; and J. Emmett Murphy, of Yonkers.