A New York judge who is on probation for a drunk driving charge will receive an $11,700 raise to her salary although she has only worked one out of the past 214 days, according to a report.
Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will now be paid $187,200 instead of $175,500 due to a raise for all city judges across the state. The raise comes although Astacio has not been to work since Aug. 31, 2017, even though she was ordered by state Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran to return in February, Fox News reported.
Astacio, whose term is not up until 2024, was arrested in February 2016 after a state trooper found her car damaged. After a bench trial in August 2016, Astacio was found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Astacio was sentenced to three years of probation in July 2017 after violating her original probation.
After Astacio heard she would be recieving a raise, she reportedly tried to buy a shotgun at Dick’s Sporting Goods but was refused due to her criminal background.
The raise comes after the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation Board agreed to increase New York judges salary, which became effective April 1, 13 WHAM ABC reported.
The only way for Astacio to be removed from office is if the commission recommended it to the Court of Appeals, who would have to approve it.
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