Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WDT: Courthouse Blues

     When built, City Hall was laid out with police, courts and detention laid out pretty efficiently but times changed, priorities changed and the rules have changed. The decision in 1990 to split the police off to a distant location left the court an island unto its own.  Now a proposed fix up of the court is forcing the City to spend upwards of two million dollars on renovations for a second judge and also better security.
      The judge has been there a couple or three years and it's working with one courtroom although improving security in the lobby is a legitimate concern. So far the judges have been working with each other and haven't complained. Of course with the rapid escalation of judicial salaries, they should be happy working in a closet.
       Council is grappling with all this and the dragging on of talks with OCA is baffling as well. It's not just the dollars, but the notion of providing what the state wants in a building that's old and laid out with different intentions.
       The project isn't expected to proceed very quickly so the cost is pushed out further too and there is no effect on this year's budget.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

No the courtroom was built at PSB the judge at the time refused to hold court there, so I believe it became youth court..

Anonymous said...

For $2 million the private sector could build an entire new building.

Too bad private sector economics don't work in the government sector.

Anonymous said...

Yes, private sector doesn't have to pay prevailing wages.

Anonymous said...

Can't they use the grand jury room. It is only used 4 to days a month. Or one of the two courtrooms over in Supreme COurt. They can schedule hearings over at the State office building very easy. No need for a second court. Just a waste of money

Anonymous said...

It's twenty sixteen night court is the answer. All the Towns do it come into the light Watertown.

Anonymous said...

Whose hand is in my pocket now. The COW is pushing blue collar workers out of the city and NYS is pushing them farther.

Anonymous said...

Another gift from Albany. We give them so much less than they give us, huh?

Anonymous said...

For what the Judges are Paid (GOLD) they can hold a night court. No more crazy spending on on new buildings or Paying engineers thousands upon thousands for layout plans on new construction. JUST CRAZY OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS.

Anonymous said...


New Ice Arena should be ok for Courtroom.

Nobody can afford the rates or the cost of a hotdog at Concession Stand.

Anonymous said...

I like setting it up in the Legion. Play shuffleboard while you wait for the judge.

Anonymous said...

New York will force us to leave and we do not have the commerce to support to support the liberal stance. most with a NYS pension have already left. I will follow shortly.