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January 3, 2013

Trustees set hearing on court consolidation


“I don’t think it should be discussed as abolishing the village court,” she said Monday. “There’s no difference in what the court provides.”

It would offer the same coverage for residents, she said, and may also offer opportunities for cost savings and greater efficiencies.

She said the facilities are much better in the town’s building, but that her primary concern is that the court functions properly and justice is served.

“I think it would be fine,” she said.

Otsego Town Supervisor Anne Geddes-Atwell said that at this point, she and the town board had not looked too hard at a court consolidation.

“It’s the village’s decision. It’s not our decision,” she said.

Atwell said she plans to meet with Katz at the end of the week to have a better understanding of the implications for the town. 

Village residents already contribute to the cost of the town justice court, but Atwell was uncertain whether, or how much, that would increase with a consolidation.

“I will be doing more research and will have more details fairly soon,” she said.

The hearing will be held Jan. 28 in conjunction with the board’s regular monthly meeting.

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