Monday night the Governor called for two bills, A9910/S7704 which relates to age and service eligibility requirements for ordinary retirement for members of the unified court system (Tier 6 equity), and A9909/S7705 which pertains to uniformed court officers and peace officers employed in the unified court system being entitled to accidental disability retirement if they sustain injuries as the result of a physical assault by an assailant suffered while in service (Peace Officer Bill). The Governor now has 10 days to either sign or veto these bills.
Our lobbyist, Peter Meringolo, has been pushing for this legislation for us for years. He has been working both sides of the aisle tirelessly, asking our Albany legislators to encourage the Governor to sign these bills into law. Over a month ago he delivered, via certified mail, a five page letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K Marks formally requesting a Letter of Support for the Peace Officer Bill. They have not responded to this letter and are refusing to support this bill.
The inaction of Janet DiFiore and Lawrence K Marks ignores and disrespects our workforce through non-communication. When the peace officers that protect them on a daily basis from attack, step in and do their job, get injured and become unable to return to work they would be left unable to support their families.
In fact, to stand mute on this bill is both appalling and disgusting.
Judges, this is not what is meant by "Justice is Blind"