Legislation has been passed in the state Assembly that will create an additional Family Court judgeship for Oneida County.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the additional judge will help to reduce the length of time people involved in custody issues and other family matters must wait for a decision.

The State Unified Court System has identified Oneida County as among those areas with the greatest need for another judge based on the number of case filings.

The new state budget includes $20 million to add 20 additional Family Court judgeships statewide.

The legislation calls for the judgeships to be filled in the November 2014 general election, with the new judges taking office on January 1, 2015.