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Ancram Town Court doing a booming business

Mar 03, 2020 3:00 pm
Diane Valden is reporting for The Columbia Paper the town board and residents of Ancram learned February 20, how "business is booming," in town court, according to a report by Town Court Clerk Ruth Wittlinger. Wittlinger said the number of cases in 2019 was at an all-time high of 594, 150 more cases or a 25 percent increase over 2018 when the number of cases totaled 444. That caseload translated into $30,272 in revenue for the town. The majority of cases last year, or 575, fell into the Vehicle and Traffic Law category, with criminal law cases a distant second, at 12. Civil litigation made up the remaining seven cases. About 10 percent of the total were close-outs from previous years. Wittlinger attributes the growth in cases to the increased presence of state troopers and Sheriff’s deputies in town writing tickets. Wittlinger said the town court may be the only department that pays for itself. “We cover our expenses—salaries, court security. The town breaks even on us.” Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.
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