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Catskill Village Court to be dissolved April 1

Feb 14, 2021 6:00 am

Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media yet another local village court will soon be dissolved. The Catskill Village Board recently approved a resolution granting the Catskill Town Court jurisdiction over enforcement of village laws. The resolution is one of the final steps in the village court consolidation with the town. Dissolving the village court has been in the works since the beginning of 2020. “We had to give the OK to allow the town to do our court from here on in,” Village Vice President Joseph Kozloski said. “We’re consolidating and moving everything over at the end of March. Starting April 1, our courts will be with the town, and town judges would handle all of our cases.” The merger will save the village an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 a year, Kozloski said. As many as three village employees will lose their jobs because of the merger, he said. The current village justices, William (Rick) Jacobs and Richard Paolino, also serve as judges for the town, Kozloski said. Terms for both expire in March, so the timing was ideal, he said. The village is exploring the idea of maintaining a traffic court, Kozloski said. A clerk would handle traffic tickets and collect fines, he said. Any contested tickets would be referred to the town court. The village will be looking at the traffic court in Hudson as an example, he added. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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