County Officials 'Disappointed' Over Delay In Intschert Bill

County Officials 'Disappointed' Over Delay In Intschert Bill

Posted: Updated: Jul 11, 2018 07:00 PM

Cindy Intschert has been Lewis County's assistant district attorney for last three months. 

Before that, she served as Jefferson County's district attorney for 16 years. 

There's a lot she can do to help out in the office, but there are many things she can't do because she lives in Jefferson County. One of them is to represent the county in a courtroom without supervision.

A bill that would have allowed her to live in one county and work as a full-fledged assistant district attorney in the other hasn't made it through the state Legislature in Albany. 

State Assembly Speak Carl Heastie says it probably won't pass this year and is blaming Senate Republicans. 

"Sometimes the Republicans say 'give me everything I want' and you get nothing of what you want," he said when he was interview while touring the Jefferson County Fair on Tuesday.

Heastie says he doesn't see the legislature heading back to Albany before the next session in January. 

That's something Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, the sponsor of bill, disagrees with.

"We should be taking care of that instead of walking around the fair," he said. "Let's get all the local bills out of the way, that would only take a day, might only take a half of a day."

Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche says its still business as usual in the DA's office until things change.

"We're disappointed, but we're still confident that the bill will get through eventually," he said. It's just going to be a little bit longer it sounds like."

Piche says he and District Attorney Leanne Moser will meet with the county's legislative committee to figure out what to do next.

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