Kolb Hails State’s Justice Court Assistance Program Grants

Assemblyman explains that grants help local courts to serve their respective communities
December 9, 2008

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) was recently advised by the state’s Chief Administrative Judge, Ann Pfau, that justice courts throughout the 129th Assembly District have been awarded grants under the Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP).

“These grants help our local courts better serve the people of their respective communities so that justice can be achieved. I am grateful to Judge Pfau for notifying us of the recipients of these grants. These monies will ensure that our justice courts receive the funding needed to fulfill their role as an integral component of our justice system,” said Kolb.

“Town and Village Courts play a critical role in the justice system of our state. It is vital that these courts, whose jurisdiction includes non-felony criminal prosecutions, motor vehicle cases, small civil claims and landlord-tenant disputes, be well-equipped and secure. I am, therefore, pleased to announce Justice Court Assistance Program grants totaling almost $56 million Statewide, to help ensure that these courts, which date back to the 17th and 18th century, are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Pfau.

New York’s nearly 1,300 Justice Courts are funded by the towns and villages they serve. They provide a significant source of local and state revenue, and their ability to promptly process cases and information is essential to maintaining a statewide comprehensive criminal history database, as well as the operation of programs that protect domestic violence victims and keep drunk drivers off the roads.

“Despite their critical function, these courts often have limited resources due to budgetary constrictions of the municipalities that support them,” said Kolb. “Recognizing this, the state Legislature in 1999 established this Justice Court Assistance Program to provide supplementary state assistance in the form of grants to the town and village justice courts. These grants make it possible for these local courts to acquire equipment and enhance security, all of which allows the court to best serve its community.”

Fiscal Year 2008-09 Awards to Town/Village Courts
in the 129th Assembly District
Via the Justice Court Assistance Program:

Aurelius - $29,000
Montezuma - $2,950
Owasco - $2,000
Scipio - $15,417
Sennett - $275
Throop - $3,280

Canandaigu - $900
Geneva - $100
Gorham - $2,299
Hopewell - $18,121
Seneca - $3,401

Spafford - $30,000

Covert - $24,620
Junius - $5,300
Romulus - $3,735
Seneca Falls - $18,519
Varick - $1,600
Waterloo - $28,875