The long talked about court renovations at City Hall are still just talk. It's been going on three or four years since the State deemed changes must be made due to the addition of a second city judge and other long standing security concerns.
Ironically all this was solved in 1964 when an integrated police, court, holding cell arrangement was in place. "Progress" left just the court in a setting not always adequate.
Used to be the city ran the court but the state took over the function and the costs of personnel. However as part of that the municipality has to provide the facility to state specs.
The dithering on expansion has been frustrating but it has also demonstrated that Judges Renzi and Palermo have been able to work together in sharing much of what is there now and they are both satisfied with their chambers.
Are two million dollars in changes needed ? Probably not, but let's hope in doing so there is a demonstrable improvement in convenience, safety and service.
By the way, Judge Palermo has to run for her first full term next year and while thought to be in good shape, the rumor in lawyer land is that last year's Democratic DA candidate has changed parties and intends to run for the judgeship next year. Of course judge candidates can run on any and all lines without a W/P but there is the mindset that registration matters. We will see what happens next year.
Watertown Daily Times | Watertown, state officials discuss changes in court expansion