Intschert Bill Unlikely Until Next Year, Assembly Speaker Says

Intschert Bill Unlikely Until Next Year, Assembly Speaker Says

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It doesn't look as if former Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert will work alone in a Lewis County courtroom anytime soon.

The Lewis County DA's office hired Intschert to assist with a heavy case load, but since Intschert doesn't live in the county, Albany needs to pass a special law that would allow her to work alone in the courtroom. 

That didn't happen before the state Legislature's session ended last month. Lewis County officials were hopeful the Legislature would get called back to Albany for a special session this summer.

But Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie doesn't see that happening. 7 News anchor Jeff Cole caught up with him at the Jefferson County Fair Tuesday.

Heastie said he doesn't expect the Assembly to be back in session until January.

"Sometimes the Republicans say 'give me everything I want' and you get nothing of what you want," Heastie said, explaining what happened to the bill.

"They had a list of things they wanted, we had a list of things that we needed and they didn't seem too open to that," he said, "so then it just was a rush to end the session and as always, things get picked back up whenever we come back, which will probably be in January."

Heastie was in the north country, as he was last year, touring areas hit hard by flooding. 

He credited north country people with being resilient. The speaker toured the region with Assemblywoman Addie Jenne.

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