Some Village Courts May Dissolve Into Town System

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Most of the time, it's empty.

But on Thursday nights, the courtroom in the Brownville town offices is busy.

That's because court is in session for not only the town, but also the villages of Brownville, Glen Park and Dexter.

That won't be the case for much longer.

Some of the village courts will dissolve into the town court, starting with Brownville in December, and Glen Park in April.

It was suggested by the town justice.

"The number of tickets that the village police officers write has declined over the last few years, so it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to keep the village courts," said Richard Parker, justice for the town and village of Brownville and village of Glen Park.

It hurts the villages financially.

According to the village clerk, in 2012, the village of Brownville spent just under $7,000  on their courts.

They took in just over 3,000.

As an example of the upcoming changes, if you were to get a speeding ticket in Glen Park today, you'd pay your fine to the village of Glen Park.

When the village court dissolves, you'll pay it out to the town of Brownville instead.

The village of Dexter may be next.

"Over the years, it's proven that a lot of villages, when their judges are ready to retire or for whatever reason don't want the job anymore, they take it out of their budget," said Dexter Mayor Jimmy Eves.

How might the state feel?

"I'm not sure that I would say that they encourage it. But I think that the thinking is maybe 'you ought to look at it," said Parker

The villages within the town of Brownville are more than looking at it.

They're doing it.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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