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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Town of New Hartford Court...

At the August 13, 2008 Town Board Meeting Resolution No. 203 of 2008 was unanimously passed to approve the submission of the JCAP application and authorizing the Town Justice and Town Supervisor Earle Reed to sign said JCAP application. JCAP stands for Justice Court Assistance Program. This program was established by the Legislature to provide a means by which towns and villages may obtain limited State funding (up to $30,000) to improve operation of their Justice Courts.

Curious as to what was on the application submitted by the town, Concerned Citizens FOILed a copy.

According to the August 28, 2008 Observer Dispatch article:
As the town’s regional popularity as a retail center has grown, so have the number of people who show up in traffic and criminal court, said William Virkler, who’s been a town justice for nine years. The confined space has led to a number of issues, including obsolete prisoner security, privacy issues with lawyers and their clients and long lines on court nights that stretch into the parking lot.
Town residents are being asked to support the purchase of a building for $850,000 plus the additional costs for renovations and furniture (actually they may not be asked but rather told because we have heard that the town board with the help of Town Justice Virkler is looking for ways to make their dream of a new court hourse a reality by once again taking the vote away from the people). The $30,000 grant is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money that will be spent.

The part that really stands out when you look at the Summary Reports (last 3 pages of the application) is that according to the JCAP application, the majority of the court cases in the Town of New Hartford are Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) cases; i.e., traffic tickets! See for yourself...here is the JCAP application.

For more on the proposed court/town offices, see our June 23, 2008 and our August 31, 2008 blog.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I noticed on the JCAP Application that there is a FAX machine number?

I thought the town could not respond to NYS Freedom of Information Law requests electronically because they did not have a fax machine?

What gives?

Anonymous said...

Why is it the JOINT Application for the Village and Town of New Hartford?

Are Town residents now being asked to SUBSIDIZE the Village Court System?

Appears to me the statistics used need to be broken out by town and village?

Anonymous said...

interesting article today 9/5 Support, to uphold a persons cause...extort...to compel of a person or thing..probably a typo they sound alike...
do we have assurances?..Yes...does the word preswick glen ring a bell??