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City of Cortland Common Council to Meet Tonight – To Discuss Open Judge Seat

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The City of Cortland Common Council will meet for the first time tonight for the month of June after the first meeting was canceled due to the annual Dairy Parade. Tonight’s agenda is relatively short with only two resolutions up for vote: Approving a special event permit for the Access to Independence’s ADA Celebration on July 26th, and accepting and recognizing a donation to the Youth Bureau.


The more pressing topic will be during the Common Council and Mayor’s discussion portion of the meeting. Recently, City of Cortland Judge Elizabeth A. Burns, has been appointed to Court of Claims and is no longer the City Judge for the City of Cortland as of early June. 

The Governor’s Office told X101 News Burns was nominated by Governor Hochul and was recently confirmed during the Senate Standing Committee in Albany on June 5th. 

“All court of claims appointments are Supreme Court sittings, and are either Paragraph A judges presiding over cases against the state or Acting Supreme Court Justices, presiding over civil or criminal matters.”

Laty Zielinski told X101 News.

It is expected the vacancy will be filled by part-time City Court Judge, Lawrence Knickerbocker. Tonight’s Common Council meeting is open to the public and available via Zoom by the link HERE.

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