Monday, December 5, 2016

Conservative Party joins fight for New York indigent defense funding

New York Daily News:
It isn't often that the state Conservative Party is in agreement with liberal groups, but that is the case when it comes to urging Gov. Cuomo to sign a bill that would gradually shift the funding of legal services for the poor from the localities on to the state.

The Conservative Party... said that a requirement that the state's counties, including the five boroughs, fund legal defense programs for the poor amounts to an unfunded mandate that is choking the finances of the localities.....

The bill has won the support across the political spectrum....The New York Civil Liberties Union, the state Catholic Conference, NAACP, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Innocence Project and the Brennan Center for Justice have also urged Cuomo to sign the bill.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Warning: Email Phishing Scam

The New York State Bar Association is aware of an email phishing scam that is targeted at attorneys.
The current email subject line says: "The Office of The State Attorney Complaint." No such office exists in New York.

If you received the email, please delete it immediately. Do not follow any links or open any attachments. If you do, your computer or cell phone could be exposed to a virus.

The Office of the New York State Attorney General has issued a press release about the scam. Link:

For more information about how the AG's office handles complaints against businesses, go to:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Catholic, Civil Rights, leaders urge Cuomo to sign indigent defense bill

New York Law Journal:
New York state's Roman Catholic church leaders and a coalition of civil rights and legal groups are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve state takeover of local government costs of legal representation for indigent criminal defendants.

"The Catholic Conference believes a well-resourced indigent legal defense program is firmly in keeping with our long-standing advocacy of criminal justice reform and must be supported," the executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, Richard Barnes, said in a letter to the governor Nov. 23.


In a separate letter earlier this month, national NAACP President Cornell William Brooks told Cuomo that the faults of "New York's underfunded patchwork system are well-documented."

Brooks was joined by leaders of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Fund for Modern Courts, the Innocence Project, the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and 16 other groups.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Town of Ovid, Seneca County, New York: Planning Board Vacancy

The Ovid Town Board is undertaking a renewal of the Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Ovid.

The Town is accepting letters of interest with qualifications from town residents interested in being appointed to two positions on the Ovid Town Planning Board.

Letters of interest should be sent to Town Clerk James Vangalio at PO Box 452, Ovid, NY 14521. Letters should be received before December 12, 2016.

For more information, contract Supervisor Walt Prouty at 607.279.7170

Monday, November 21, 2016

Travel advisory issued for Seneca County

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce has issued a travel advisory for Seneca County.

deputies are currently responding to many calls of vehicles off the road. Sheriff Luce reports most roads are snow covered and slippery, and that many roads have not been plowed.

Sheriff Luce urges no unnecessary travel until further notice.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Schuyler County Passes 2017 Budget with 5% Tax Rate Reduction

WENY News:
Residents living in Schuyler County have something to look forward to for 2017. On Monday, Schuyler County officials held a public hearing on next year's budget.

The 2017 budget is just over $46 million, and calls for a tax rate reduction of %5. This means, for every $1,000 assessed property value, homeowners will see about $50 a year in savings.

During the public hearing, one audience member asked if there would be any staff cuts. County Administrator and Budget Office Tim O'Hearn said no. Legislators then passed the budget, unanimously.

The department of largest growth is public safety - something O'Hearn explains is due to increased trends of higher drug activity and arrests.

This is the fifth straight year Schuyler County had a reduction in the tax rate.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Finger Lakes election results to be available online

Typically, many of the local boards of election will post their unofficial results online.

The websites for some local boards of election can be found below:
Cayuga County
Chemung County
Ontario County
Seneca County
Schuyler County
Steuben County
Tompkins County
Wayne County
Yates County

Results usually start coming in shortly after the polls close at 9:00 pm and they are updated as new totals are calculated.

These sites are often a good way to keep track of local election results (village, town, county) that otherwise might not be available in the media until the next day.