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Legislature Supports State Assumption of Indigent Defense Costs

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Legislature Supports State Assumption of Indigent Defense Costs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, called upon New York State to fully fund the cost of indigent legal defense, relieving counties of the burden the State has imposed upon them since 1965. The Legislature urges the New York State Legislature to approve, and for the Governor to enact, bills before the Senate and Assembly as a means to accomplish the State’s assumption of those costs. County Administrator Joe Mareane told Legislators he sees momentum building within the State Legislature for the phased takeover of indigent defense costs.