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COUNTIES COLLABORATE ON CONFLICT DEFENDER SERVICES

By Colleen Pillus, Dutchess County and Mark Longtoe, Ulster County

In December, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County   Executive Marc Molinaro jointly announced a shared services agreement  between the two counties to address the soaring State-mandated costs of  providing legal defense counsel to indigent clients. The county executives  have forged a cooperative agreement to garner a level of cost containment over a State mandated expense that has now reached a combined total of  nearly $3.9 million annually in Ulster and Dutchess counties, while maintaining high quality representation.

To date, when a Public Defender’s Office is disqualified from representing an eligible indigent client due to a legal conflict, a private attorney is  assigned. The attorney then bills the county according to rates established by New York State in a process referred to as “assigned counsel.”

The skyrocketing cost, coupled with decreased program aid from New York State, has placed a significant additional burden on counties to cover the cost of this mandated service. In 2011, this system of providing representation cost Ulster County taxpayers $1,345,653 while Dutchess  County taxpayers spent $2,540,000.

“Governments at every level must learn to work past political differences and municipal boundaries to focus on delivering results for the people. I am confident that the citizens of Ulster and Dutchess will benefit from this innovative collaboration,” said Ulster County Executive Hein.

County Executive Hein continued, “Not only does this pilot program  represent a $175,000 savings for Ulster County’s taxpayers, it represents a $300,000 total savings for our region’s taxpayers, all while those in need continue to receive high quality legal representation. This is truly a  win/win collaboration, and we both look forward to working with our respective legislatures to make it a reality.”

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “This agreement is the  first of its kind in New York State for county Public Defender’s Offices and  represents exactly the type of cooperative partnerships we need to embrace if we are to be successful in our efforts to deliver smaller, smarter government to our taxpayers. I am grateful to Public Defender Tom Angell for seeking out new and better ways to meet our residents’ needs, while reducing costs. We were very pleased to bring this plan to Ulster County and appreciate the support and cooperation of County Executive Hein to  make this partnership a reality.”

Ulster County Public Defender Andrew Kossover added, “I want to thank  both County Executive Hein and County Executive Molinaro for this  innovative, cooperative approach to a fiscal problem that is plaguing  counties throughout the State. I am excited to take part in this shared  service arrangement, and look forward to working with Dutchess County’s  Public Defender Thomas Angell.”

Dutchess County Public Defender Thomas Angell noted, “This new  arrangement will permit each of our Public Defender Offices to create cost efficiencies while at the same time increasing the quality of legal services  provided. I look forward to this new partnership with Ulster County Public Defender’s Office. Our clients will better served by having access to full time defenders as well as the investigators, social workers and outside resources that our respective Public Defender Offices can provide.”

The one year agreement unveiled today will be a pilot program in County Court, City of Kingston Court and Town of Ulster Court in Ulster County;  and County Court and City of Poughkeepsie Court in Dutchess County.

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Counties in the News, Friday April 18, 2014

NYSAC
NYMIR has 21 years of local government collaboration, stable premiums, and now almost 800 member owners

STATEWIDE
County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act

LONG ISLAND
Bellone raises concerns over Suffolk OTB’s casino deal with Delaware North

NYC
Community remembers Basil Paterson

HUDSON VALLEY
Putnam deputy who saved suicidal woman honored

CAPITAL
Area leaders ask Sen. Gillibrand for help in boosting economic growth
NORTH COUNTRY
Sales tax receipts up in Lewis County, troublesome in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties

SOUTHERN TIER
County gives farmers market financial boost

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Workers’ comp costs crimp county

FINGER LAKES
Ontario County vote on joining RGRTA delayed

Ontario County Board of Supervisors approve tax deal for North Shore project

WESTERN NEW YORK
A tougher winter means high costs for Cattaraugus County DPW

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Counties in the News, April 16, 2014

NYSAC
MEGA Renewable Energy Opportunities for NY Localities

NEW YORK
NYC revises rules for homeless seeking shelter

HUDSON VALLEY
Orange County holds off on including Putnam in its Foreign Trade Zone area

Ulster Legislature endorses casino at former Nevele resort

CAPITAL
Capital Center closer to reality

NORTH COUNTRY
Professor says state policies are starving Northern New York communities

Flooding prompts state of emergency declaration for St. Lawrence County

Jefferson County to conduct airport market study

St. Lawrence County Legislature to hire additional public defender

MOHAWK VALLEY
Most back casino plan at Schoharie forum

Quad-C in Marcy looking for people to fill first 300 jobs

Broome supervisor tells residents road fix is coming

County team to help raze building

CENTRAL NEW YORK
‘Clean slate’: Auburn officials agree to pay more than $400,000 debt to Cayuga County

Cleaning up their act: $1 billion initiative to restore Onondaga Lake by 2018 continues with two-part plan

Onondagas file petition for help

FINGER LAKES
RecruitNY campaign aims to increase number of volunteer firefighters

Inmate-health cases push OT at Ontario County Jail

WESTERN NEW YORK

Poloncarz proposes package of reforms to deal with child abuse issues

Niagara County seeks summer lunch program sites

$75,000 for biofuel plant up for debate by Catt County lawmakers

Allegany County legislators oppose taxpayer-funded education for inmates

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Counties in the News, April 15, 2014

NYSAC
NYSAC Continues Lobbying for Local Government Pension Reform

STATEWIDE
Cuomo accepts pro-charter role

LONG ISLAND
Mangano: IDA Helps Bring Much Needed Rental Housing Options To Nassau County

HUDSON VALLEY
N.Y. police rapidly ordering heroin antidotes

Orange County would bear the brunt of casino traffic

CAPITAL
County takes step to amend charter

Saratoga County finances rebound

NORTH COUNTRY
Jefferson County projects $1.5 million sales tax deficit

Social Services housing detective suggested

SOUTHERN TIER
County braces for tax-cap woes

Schuyler lawmakers looking at term limits, again

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Tompkins jail expansion designs modified

New funding would bring monthly books to every Syracuse child aged 0-5

FINGER LAKES
County to help nursing home expand in order to add revenue

Ontario County Conservatives oppose North Shore deal

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Counties in the News, April 14, 2014

NYSAC
Shared Services in New York’s Counties

STATEWIDE
Cuomo maintains political pressure over property tax plan

Spano on state Board of Elections

New York State Exposed: The cost of driving in NY(Video)

State to target speeders with cameras

HUDSON VALLEY
Valley View to stay in Orange County hands for at least another year

Veteran public servant returns to Orange County government

Diana scholarship formed

CAPITAL
Will OTB partnership on casino bid tip the balance?

County changing tax sale procedures

NORTH COUNTRY
Franklin County ethics committee discussed

MOHAWK VALLEY
County gov’t pleased with paving bids

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Oswego County combats jail overcrowding with alternatives to incarceration

FINGER LAKES
Vote set on bus service in Ontario County

Keeping Future Leaders in Rochester

WESTERN NEW YORK
Legislature finishing details on employee contracts

Erie County calls for reform to state labor law

Niagara County Legislature to start over on data network

County Takes Aggressive Stance against Drugs

Chautauqua County towns consider regional water district

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Counties in the News, April 11, 2014

NYSAC
Counties Promote Organ Donation

STATEWIDE
NY Assembly Speaker Silver says new state budget a win for environmental protection

HUDSON VALLEY
Rockland executive tightens county belt in first 100 days

New electric capacity zone expected to cost Dutchess government more money

Putnam County settles CSEA contract

Playland boardwalk formally reopened after final Sandy repairs

CAPITAL
New pot to fix holes in roads

NORTH COUNTRY
Two Franklin County voting machine techs will go part time

MOHAWK VALLEY
Picente to serve on state commission

Construction firm hired on MVCC Rome campus project

FINGER LAKES
County to help nursing home expand in order to add revenue

Supervisors OK architect’s plans, put jail project to bid

WESTERN NEW YORK
Legislature finishing details on employee contracts

Medina dissolution plan may not win adjoining towns’ cooperation

Legislature votes against creating library taxing district

Orleans Co. offering fishing trips for Vietnam vets

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NYSAC’s Acquario to Speak at Adirondack Local Government Conference

New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Executive Director Stephen Acquario is speaking today at the 17thAnnual Adirondack Park Local Government Conference.

Acquario will present on a panel for the workshop “Municipal Efficiencies and Living within the Cap,” which focuses on the property tax cap and its effects on municipal budgets as well as the delivery of essential services.

“Local governments in the Adirondack Park are in a unique position, seated within one of our state’s most beautiful regions, a prime tourism destination, yet faced with unique challenges regarding the economy, service delivery, and natural resources,” said Acquario. “It is vital that local governments throughout the state implement innovative approaches to budgeting within the tax cap while still getting crucial services to those who need them.”

The conference also includes SEQR training, education on invasive species prevention, sessions on community improvements, biomass heat, and partnerships between local governments and nonprofit organizations.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for Member Counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

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NYSAC’s Acquario to Speak at Adirondack Local Government Conference

LAKE PLACID – New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Executive Director Stephen Acquario is speking today at the 17thAnnual Adirondack Park Local Government Conference.

Acquario will present on a panel for the workshop “Municipal Efficiencies and Living within the Cap,” which focuses on the property tax cap and its effects on municipal budgets as well as the delivery of essential services.

“Local governments in the Adirondack Park are in a unique position, seated within one of our state’s most beautiful regions, a prime tourism destination, yet faced with unique challenges regarding the economy, service delivery, and natural resources,” said Acquario. “It is vital that local governments throughout the state implement innovative approaches to budgeting within the tax cap while still getting crucial services to those who need them.” The conference also includes SEQR training, education on invasive species prevention, sessions on community improvements, biomass heat, and partnerships between local governments and nonprofit organizations.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for Member Counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

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View all recent NYSAC Press Releases.Media contact: Mark LaVigne, NYSAC Deputy Director

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Counties in the News, April 10, 2014

NYSAC
County Finance School

NATIONAL
State and Local Tax Burdens Are Falling — But Not Everywhere

STATEWIDE
Fighting addiction before casinos open

33,000 NY teens tried as adults last year

HUDSON VALLEY
Valley View now closer to privatization

The County Executive’s Corner: Tuxedo Reserve: What It Means for Rockland County

Efforts aim to eliminate child exploitation

CAPITAL
Schenectady County Legislature backs health insurance savings act

Supervisors urged to rebid sale of county home

MOHAWK VALLEY
Sewer billing change moves forward

Cuomo names Picente, Riley to NY juvenile justice group

SOUTHERN TIER
DEA agents to Delaware board: Meth is on the rise

FINGER LAKES
Brooks announces a new accountability office

Genesee backs bond for Liberty Pumps expansion

Monroe County Executive Gives Ultimatum on Medley Centre (Video)

WESTERN NEW YORK
Orleans expects to easily clear ‘freeze’ standards

County to start over on data network

Applicants sought to serve on Erie County’s Citizens’ Budget Review Commission

County lawmakers opposes state medical services bill

Pawnshops profiting as desperate addicts trade heirlooms for highs

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Counties inthe News, April 8, 2014

NYSAC
Add your local government efficiency project to the MIX (Municipal Innovation Exchange) survey

STATEWIDE
DiNapoli says no to ‘pilot’

HUDSON VALLEY
Dutchess legislators on record exempting residential energy sales taxes

Empire Resorts, SUNY Sullivan form partnership

CAPITAL
Casino proposal picks up steam

State audit: Albany County missing out on potential Weights and Measures revenue

NORTH COUNTRY
St. Lawrence County legislators support local pharmacies

MOHAWK VALLEY
Waste authority pact before county lawmakers

Telethon to benefit Oneida County Historical Society

Hiring practices of sheriff’s dept. eyed by officials

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Municipal Innovation Summit in CNY to Discuss Efficiency Plans and Tax Freeze

Frankfort board reschedules budget hearing

FINGER LAKES
Ontario County explores new police vehicles

Supervisors may approve jail renovation project

WESTERN NEW YORK
Niagara County shelves plans for new phone network

Orleans County coroner’s pet cremation plan OK’d by Lockport planners

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Counties in the News, April 7, 2014

NYSAC
Register for the May 14-16 County Finance School

STATEWIDE
N.Y. budget gives tax relief but disappoints others

LONG ISLAND
Suffolk prepared to use eminent domain for 41 oceanfront Fire Island homes

NEW YORK CITY
NYC sick leave law takes effect

No customers for Authority’s power

HUDSON VALLEY
LDC is not a path to closing Valley View, says Neuhaus

Support Grows On County Board for Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes

Dutchess residential energy tax to end on June 1

CAPITAL
Editorial: Smart tool to fight blight

NORTH COUNTRY
Jefferson County will add five corrections officers over next two years

Program to Fund Narcan for Police (Video)

Head Start recovers, but housing programs not so lucky in St. Lawrence County

MOHAWK VALLEY
Utica making late tax payments to county

Airport Committee eyes another $500,000 for building project

SOUTHERN TIER
Proposed change to Delaware County Community College rejected in 1959

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Oneida Indian Nation properties coming off Madison County tax rolls

Community’s input on regional cultural plan presented at Engage CNY Summit

Oswego County seeks alternatives to incarceration as costs soar due to jail overcrowding

FINGER LAKES
Seneca supervisors make county manager pick

WESTERN NEW YORK
Erie County to sell naming rights to county buildings, facilities

Allegany County plan named best in the state

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