Senator Saland Announces Grants For Columbia County Courts

Stephen M. Saland

November 18, 2005

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) has been advised by the State’s Chief Administrative Judge, Jonathan Lippman, that justice courts in the Town of Ghent, Town of Stuyvesant, and Village of Chatham have been awarded grants under the State’s Justice Assistance Program. The grants will be used to purchase equipment needed to facilitate their operations.

The following grants are being awarded:

Town of Ghent $749

Town of Stuyvesant $4,350

Village of Chatham $2,505

"I am pleased to announce these grants for the Ghent, Stuyvesant and Chatham courts, " said Senator Saland. "Our justice courts are the courts that members of the local community most often turn to for redress."

New York’s nearly 1,500 justice courts preside over non-felony criminal and motor vehicle prosecutions, small civil claims and landlord-tenant disputes. In 1999 the State Legislature established the Justice Court Assistance Program to provide supplementary state assistance in the form of small monetary grants to the town and village justice courts.