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Brockport Village Court is one Step Closer to Reality

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You have to give Brockport Mayor Margay Blackman credit, she’s willing to look at the facts and change her mind.

Blackman told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle yesterday that, “Brockport is on track to open up a court in about a year,” because the 30-day window for residents to force a referendum on the idea has passed without signatures being filed.

Margay Blackman has come a long way since March 17, 2011 when she was running for Village Trustee, and told one of her closest advisors that she “Was not convinced about a Village Court.”

She wasn’t convinced despite the fact that the Ad Hoc Committee on the Feasibility of a Village Court (composed of Trustee Scott W. Hunsinger, Police Chief Daniel P. Varrenti, and Susan J. Smith) had already delivered its report recommending the formation of a Village Court at the Village Board Meeting on December 22, 1010

The unanimous decision of the committee upon a full and comprehensive analysis of the data is that the formation of a village court for the Village of Brockport is feasible.

The financial implications of how forming a Village Court would help solve Brockport's money problems, and just how much money the Sweden Town Court makes from tickets written by the Brockport Police Department had already been published on the Internet for anyone to see.

But finances aren’t the only reason why Brockport residents support the formation of a Village Court. The main reason to form a Village Court is that there is ample evidence to support the contention that the Sweden Town Court seems to be corrupt.

The Monroe County Sherriff had to come to the Town Hall on February 12, 201 after the Sweden Town Court lost a cardboard box filled with almost 200 parking tickets, which had been issued by the Brockport Police Department during January.

Then on January 29, 2013 Sweden Town Judge Carl Coapman had to resign after evidence surface that Coapman was intoxicated while presiding over a court hearing in May 2012.

But Blackman now supports the formation of a Village Court, so let’s just say, “Better late than never.”

The trick now is to find two solid candidates who can run for election in June 2014 and be certified by New York State.

Every newly elected or appointed town or village justice who is not a member of the bar is required by §17.2 of the Rules of the Chief Judge (22 NYCRR 17.2) to attend the first available Certification Course after their appointment or election.

A non-lawyer town or village justice may not assume the functions of the office until he/she has filed a certificate of completion of the Certification Course with his/her municipality (Uniform Justice Court Act § 105)

With all the intelligent people who live in Brockport, it shouldn’t be that hard to find two qualified candidates.

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