NY Assembly backs later judge retirement

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York's Assembly has passed for the second time a proposed state constitutional amendment to let judges keep working until they turn 80.
    
The bill would raise the mandatory retirement age from 76 currently for state Supreme Court justices, including those serving on the Appellate Division, and up from 70 currently for the top Court of Appeals judges.
    
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the old age limit is outdated, forcing judges to retire prematurely and wasting a wealth of knowledge and experience.
    
Similar legislation is pending in the state Senate, which passed it in 2011. A spokesman said Thursday it isn't clear if there's enough support to pass it again this year.
    
If passed again this year, the amendment would go before New York's voters next year.

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