Monday, January 11, 2016

WDT: Time to End Impasse Over Courtroom Design

       Courtroom modifications at City Hall have been slow in coming. Fears over costs and a long review process at the state level have contributed. One thing being advanced now is the notion of the state providing first floor security.
      They already do, and if the security screening point would move to the Sterling Street entrance instead of the current interior location, that would continue.
       A separate entrance for in-custody defendants is needed, even if it eliminates the current perp walk from Sterling Street in the building past other City Hall visitors.
       Security in the building on other floors has become a concern from time to time with strange characters, and disgruntled persons headed to the Third Floor unimpeded.
        Most of the time, there are no huge security issues and that is why it has been hard to move forward. Initially some members resented the creation of a second judge position and didn't want to spend money on the aging building.
        While reps from the Fifth JD never approached Council or me in 2015, I think the planning of the remodeling was painfully slow. That didn't disappoint Council, who saw it as a means to delay a decision on and expensive project. There was also an honest debate on just how to route foot traffic on the first floor.
        On the matter of the court, 2017 looms as the year Judge Palermo must seek election to a full term after her 2012 appointment to a part time term that turned full time.
        While her work on the bench has been praised, critics still brand her a "liberal" judge and it will be interesting if a lawyer living in the City makes a run at the seat, which now carries (along with the other judge) the highest salary in City Hall.
atertown Daily Times | Locking it down: Officials under deadline to decide how to proceed on security

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its been over a year and a half since Matt Doheny lost a primary to Elise Stefanik.. What has Mr. Doheny done to date for the district he so many times promised to help> I think a persons integrity is based on forfilling promises and a man with twenty five million dollars at his disposal certainly could help many.. To date nothing notable so one could only wonder if he was only looking out for his self interests in his man runs for the office.

Anonymous said...

Your buddy in Ogdensburg didnt have the luck you did when you appointed judge Palermo.. JUdge Gebo was given an appointment by William Nelson of Ogdensburg.. Gebo had just come off a suspension of his attorney privliges as he screwed up[ as a judge in another county. He then was chosen by Mary Rain because of his outstanding career and experience.. Ha Ha . He got Rain a subponea and an accusation of derliction of her duties when in fact he just isnt with the program any more...
This is a problem in Ogdensburg because most of their political catering is failing

Anonymous said...

Hey, I would like to see our newly minted DA go after the seat.

Anonymous said...

Hey 920. Matt devised the campaign to get Graham out, including the whole blog angle with demar. He should get the Shapiro Award for getting him out of office.

Anonymous said...

Get real 626. Butter is our new Mayor. He won fair and square. Get over it you crybaby...

Anonymous said...

It was a conspiracy, I tell ya!
Matt is so intensley popular that he was able to convince a band of loyal merry men to defame Graham on his own blog. I think you were in on the whole scheme too Jeff. Threw yourself on the sword. DeMar too, he was up for all of the public abuse he took. Get a trip 626.
Set him up with a free beer Jeff.

Anonymous said...

6:26 The 10 million plus arena project Jeff advocated for that nobody wanted sealed his fate. We all need to move on and think about solving the many problems the city faces in the new year..

Anonymous said...

12:26 you are delusional. Graham almost lost to Jeff Smith last time !
Do you know how unpopular you have to be to almost lose to Smith !?!?
Before that, he lost to Butler's father. Before any of your delusional conspiracy took place, Graham came in second to Butler in the primary and barely beat Jennings.

How stupid are you that you attribute Graham's election loss to Fratty Matty? Did Matty spurn your advances back in his fraternizing days? Your hatred for him is unhealthy.

Anonymous said...

5:35 the DA makes $14,000 more than the City Court Judge and after the raise on April 1 will continue to make more than the Judge. I don't think you will see her running.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, I see you censured my musings on Judge Palermo. It was not inappropriate and I think you will find must of my legal colleagues agree with it. Of course with ownership of the blog you have your power to print w

Anonymous said...

Graham beat Smith by four points and won the three way primary (barely).. He was 15 points ahead of Jennings. The primary showed he was vulnerable, but not comatose.

Anonymous said...

Put Parks an Rec on the design build!