The private attorney appointed as a federal monitor to oversee stop-and-frisk policies of the NYPD will be paid more than $43,000 a month -- or about $525,000 annually, according to newly filed court records.
Lawyer Peter Zimroth's pay was detailed in a court filing that outlines the three-year compensation agreement between Zimroth and New York City. The documents, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, offer a glimpse of the costs city taxpayers will foot for the court-mandated stop-and-frisk oversight.
Zimroth, the top attorney for the city from 1987 through 1989, is a partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter. He was appointed monitor after a controversial 2013 ruling by Manhattan U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who found NYPD stop-and-frisk tactics unconstitutional and ordered changes in supervision, training and discipline as well as a pilot program to equip cops with cameras that would record encounters.
After the Bloomberg administration appealed, the Second Circuit stayed the ruling and removed the judge for an appearance of anti-police bias. But Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to settle the case, withdraw the appeal and begin work with a court-appointed monitor on reforms.
Zimroth, whose job as monitor is to ensure Scheindlin's orders are followed, has said he has "tremendous respect" for the police department. "I believe effective law enforcement is crucial, just as abiding by the Constitution is crucial."
Zimroth could not immediately be reached for comment.