41 staff cuts in the 9th Judicial District

UPDATE: Susan Tolchin, the former deputy county executive who was hired in retirement as a court management analyst, was one of the 41 let go in Wednesday’s layoffs.

Looks like the 9th Judicial District was largely spared from the hundreds of staff cuts announced by the New York State Office of Court Administration.

Out of the 1,116 full-time and part-time court employees in the five-county district, which covers Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange counties, a total of 41 employees were terminated. They included 13 senior court office assistants, 7 resource coordinators, 6 full-time and 2 part-time court assistants, 2 court attendants, 2 court aides, 2 assistant court analysts, 2 court office assistants, a case manager and a full-time and part-time law stenographer. Several others will get transferred to other judicial districts.

Also getting pink slips were two out of four court management analysts, but no word yet if one of them was Westchester’s former deputy county executive Susan Tolchin, who returned to the public payroll in December when she was hired by the court system to monitor the use of the county and city court buildings in the district.. Tolchin’s annual pay as a management analyst is $75,982, and her pension is $85,758. The combined income is higher than the $155,000 salary she received her final year in county government.

Administrative Judge Alan Scheinkman refused to say today if Tolchin was among those let go, saying he would not discuss specific personnel. A message left on Tolchin’s voice mail was not immediately returned.

No court officers in the 9th JD were laid off, although many took the buyout offered last year. The 9th Judicial District lost just more than 100 people to the state’s early retirement incentive in 2010.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.