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Yesterday’s County Legislature Meeting: What You Should Know

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The Cortland County Legislature met last night (September 27) and discussed several important matters of business.

Flow Control

One resolution passed was an amendment to the local flow control law.

The law previously stated that mixed loads of solid waste from Cortland and contiguous counties would not be accepted at the Cortland landfill and now says that they must be disposed of there.

The county says the consequences of the previously written law are just some of the reasons it’s more than $100,000 behind on this year’s solid waste budget.


Another topic of discussion last night was the continued assessment of the County’s jail situation.

The board passed a resolution to bring in yet another outside specialist to analyze the jail’s issues and what could be done to improve its overpopulation and infrastructure.

The County has already been working with the Vera Institute on a basic needs assessment of the jail, and now says that CRS, Inc. (Pennsylvania) will assist with the analyses and help develop future alternatives to the current trends of incarceration.

Raise The Age

The Board also passed an authorization for the county to implement the state-mandated “Raise the Age” law that goes into effect across New York this Monday (October 1).

The law will incrementally raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18, preventing 16 year old’s from being automatically charged as adults starting Monday, and the same for 17-year-olds by October 2019.


Finally, there were also two county appointments at last night’s meeting.

In a twist at the end of the legislative meeting, Chairman Charles Sudbrink was appointed as the new superintendent of highways.

He has thus resigned his seat on the board, effective immediately.

Republican Majority Leader Kevin Whitney now serves as the acting chairman and the legislature will soon convene to select a permanent replacement.

Arthur Timmons was also appointed as Director of Veterans Services.

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