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Steuben County Legislature approves additional spending for more staff and equipment

Steuben County officials say new court system reform measures in New York will cost more money. During this morning’s legislature meeting, officials approved the additional spending. The additional expenses will be put towards hiring more staff and necessary equipment, such as computers.

County officials say the complex reform system is designed for larger municipalities, but it will require more help for the county to be in place by January 1, 2020.

District Attorney, Brooks Baker says “the state has dropped a couple of huge mandates on law enforcement and particularly on the DA’s office. Through their discovery and bail reforms, they’re increasing the work load of this office by 30 to 40 percent, maybe even more, over the course of the next year to comply with these new state mandates.”

Baker goes on to say the state has offered no funds to cover these mandates, so now the expenses are being put on the county.

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