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Van Meter resigns as Stuyvesant's second town justice

Jun 07, 2020 6:00 am
Nora Mishanec is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Stuyvesant Town Justice Paula Van Meter formally resigned her seat in a May 31 letter to Town Supervisor Ron Knott. A spokesperson for the Office of Court Administration confirmed June 5 that Van Meter's letter had been received. Van Meter cited the town court's small caseload as the reason for her resignation. The town's other judge, Carrie O’Hare, will handle all town cases on her own until a decision is made as to whether to Van Meter's former seat will be abolished. Van Meter made a plea to the Stuyvesant Town Board on March 12 saying the town needed only one justice. The caseload for Stuyvesant judges is the lowest in the county, according to Knott. The town court processed 125 tickets in 2017, resulting in $3,000 in revenue. During that same time period, Stockport Town Court processed 924 tickets, producing $20,000. In Kinderhook, the court adjudicated nearly 2,500 tickets, totaling $147,000. Van Meter, who earned an annual salary of just under $8,800 a year, said she did not want to waste taxpayer dollars. O’Hare said she will remain available and ready to serve as the courts gradually return to some semblance of normalcy in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown. “I will carry on and endeavor to make sure that everything is taken care of for the community,” she said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.