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Cuomo makes appointments to panel on state judge pay — almost four months past deadline


Gov. Cuomo appointed three people to a commission charged with evaluating state judges’ salaries — nearly four months after a legally mandated deadline to do so.

Joining the panel are Mitra Hormozi, executive vice president and general counsel at Revlon; Jim Malatras, president of SUNY Empire State College, and Robert Megna, senior vice chancellor and chief operating officer of SUNY.

Cuomo’s office did not immediately answer a request for comment about why it took him so long to make his appointments. The deadline was June 1.

The commission has until the end of the year to make recommendations on judges’ wages, which last went up in 2016.

Both Hormozi and Megna were on the panel last time around.

State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed two members to the seven-member commission last month.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) are required to make one appointment each, but have yet to do so. They did not answer requests for comment.

In addition to judges’ salaries, the commission is supposed to evaluate raises for state lawmakers.

That’s even though the legislators got a pay hike this year and are on track for raises the next two years.

“If the lawmakers get a substantial raise, which they already did in January, I don’t think it would make sense for this commission to give them another raise without curtailing outside income,” Alex Camarda, senior policy adviser for government watchdog Reinvent Albany, previously told the Daily News.