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Judges seek $50,000 from Seneca County to hire clerks

Representatives of Seneca County’s town and village justices appealed to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The reason? They’d like $50,000 included in the 2020 county budget for up to three part-time clerks to handle an anticipated increase in paperwork due to the state’s bail reforms.

The board’s Public Works Committee listened to the appeal, asked a few questions, and said it would consider the request — but made no commitments.

Waterloo Village Justice and acting Town Justice Conrad Struzik and Seneca Falls Town Justice Chuck Lafler spoke to the board about changes Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law. One eliminates pre-conviction cash bail for most offenses as of Jan. 1, 2020. The legislation also requires notification and arraignment deadlines.

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