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County Officially Cancels Memorandum of Understanding With City of Cortland on Court Move


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During last night’s Cortland County Legislative session, the Legislator voted to rescind a resolution of a memorandum of understanding with the City of Cortland for court space at the County Courthouse.

The decision comes after the state announced City of Cortland Judge Elizabeth Burns was appointed as a Judge on the NYS Court of Claims and will also serve as Acting Supreme Court Justice. Burns will remain in Cortland County.

In addition to the appointment, the state also announced the creation of another Family Court Judge for the county. The county says the term for the additional Judge for Family Court will begin on January 1st, 2025.

With these announcements, the available space that was originally reserved for the City of Cortland Court, is no longer available as New York State will require adequate space for both courts.

This decision has essentially forced the hand of the county to rescind the agreement with the City of Cortland to move their Court from City Hall to the County Office Building. The City of Cortland looked to move City Court to the Courthouse to provide additional space in a limited and outdated City Hall. Those plans now have to be looked at again.

Part-time City of Cortland Judge Lawrence Knickerbocker will now be the full-time judge for the City of Cortland; elections for the City Court Judges seat for a full term will take place this November.

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