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News

Counties in the News, May 8, 2017

Monday's news for counties across the state.

 
NYSAC
Mayday for Mandate Relief

The enacted 2017-18 NYS Budget expands indigent legal defense services, one of the nine state mandates that equate to 99 percent of the property taxes levied by counties across the state (outside of New York City).
 
The budget requires counties to provide an attorney at first arraignment, which is “the first appearance by a person charged with a crime before a judge or magistrate.” It also places caseload caps for public defenders to ensure that those eligible for a publicly funded attorney get fair and adequate counsel.
 
While the state has pledged to cover the county costs of these expanded services, counties still fund the existing costs of the indigent legal defense program. In 2015, the latest full year data available, local taxpayers from the 57 counties and City of New York spent nearly $389 million on indigent legal services.  The 57 counties outside of NYC spent $164 million annually on public defense. The state's share of the program was $39 million, which was about 25% of the costs of the program.
 

NATION
Survey says just 5 percent of economists believe Trump's big tax promise
 

States face big changes under GOP plan
 

STATEWIDE
N.Y. Health Department releases medical marijuana provider list
 

LONG ISLAND
County Executive Bellone Announces Suffolk Landbank To Revitalize Additional Brownfield Sites In Babylon, Brookhaven And Islip
 

Former NYPD narcotics detective among 14 people indicted in LI-NYC heroin ring
 

HUDSON VALLEY
Orange County Government Center to reopen this fall
 

Local officials optimistic about new European service from Stewart
 

County's potential for success can be charted (Video)
 

Dutchess may be headed toward fossil fuel-free future
 

Westchester County and Standard Amusements roll out Playland work plan (Video)
 

CAPITAL
Rensselaer County planning major roadwork
 

Governor Cuomo Announces $13 Million Bridge Replacement Project in Greene County is Underway
 

5K event raises awareness for literacy in Rensselaer County
 

NORTH COUNTRY
St. Lawrence County legislators call on state officials to renew county's 4 percent sales tax
 

Franklin County courtroom space inadequate, judge tells county Legislature
 

County officials stand by support of Collins-Faso AHCA amendment
 

Strength and character
 

MOHAWK VALLEY
Tax cap for counties just got stronger
 

Oneida County STOP DWI Program recognizes law enforcement officers

SOUTHERN TIER
Local Counties to Begin Shared Services Process (Video)
 

Broome Developmental Center could become drug treatment facility
 

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Why Mahoney says Auburn should care about potential Onondaga County-Syracuse merger
 

Legislature to decide on numerous grants
 

FINGER LAKES
County's 'Paths to Empowerment' to assist residents with getting jobs (Video)
 

WESTERN NEW YORK
Poloncarz says White House cuts to opioid programs would be "unfathomable double-cross"
 

County to collect household hazardous waste
 

County seeks funding for Chautauqua Lake projects
 

Push to enact new protections in nursing homes embraced by county lawmakers

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