Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi say they'll work to ensure that Oneida County is assigned an additional Family Court judge.

The new state budget includes $5 million for the addition of 20 new Family Court judges statewide.

The lawmakers say the Unified Court System believes Oneida County is among those with the greatest need for a second judge based on the number of filings.

“I have heard many stories from people within the court system, or who have had cases before Family Court, and this funding is greatly needed to streamline the judicial system in Oneida County,” said Brindisi.

Collectively, the state's 153  judges handle more than 700,000 cases a year.