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Public Defender will move to vacated space in County Clerks Building

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 November 2019 at 3:08 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The County Clerks Building is located in the historic Courthouse Square in Albion at 3 South Main St. The county in late June moved the legislative offices from the top floor to a new addition to the County Administration Building on Route 31.

ALBION – The vacated space in third floor of the County Clerks Building will soon have be the office space for the Public Defender’s Office.

The top floor for many years served as the meeting room for the County Legislature and the offices for the Legislature, the Legislature’s clerk and the county’s chief administrative officer.

The Legislature in June shifted to the new addition at the County Administration Building on Route 31. That freed up on the third floor at a time when the state is giving more money for counties to expand the Public Defender’s services.

The public defenders have been using their own private offices, as well as an office in the basement of the County Courthouse.

The Public Defender’s Office needs more space as part of the state’s bail reform law, county legislators said.

The Legislature authorized making the third floor of the Clerks Building available for the public defender, and also to make any needed renovations to meet any state requirements. The county’s Department of Public Works is authorized to make any needed renovations to meet the state standards for the space.

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