Supervisors BREH AND ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING USE OF YEAR 1 INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES GRANTS FOR CASELOAD REDUCTION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND COUNSEL AT FIRST APPEARANCE TO PURCHASE CERTAIN EQUIPMENT AND FURNISHINGS FOR THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

WHEREAS, following the landmark “Hurrell-Harring” legal settlement by the State of New York, the NYS Indigent Legal Services Commission (ILS) has embarked on a set of measures to bring each County into compliance with the court-ordered settlement guidelines; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 51 of 2019 authorized Application and Acceptance of Year 1 Indigent Legal Services Grants for Caseload Reduction, Quality Improvement and Counsel at First Appearance in the total amount of $295,725.00; and

WHEREAS, the Public Defender recommends using a portion of said grant proceeds to outfit Public Defender offices within the County-owned office building, 57 East Fulton, with appropriate office equipment and supplies; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That upon the recommendation of the Committees on Public Safety and Finance, the Public Defender be and hereby is authorized to purchase equipment for the Public Defender’s Office utilizing Year 1 Indigent Legal Services grants (Caseload Reduction, Quality Improvement and Counsel at First Appearance), as follows:

Item Cost
(3) Computer Workstations $3,600.00
(2) Laser Printers $800.00
(1) Copier/Printer/Scanner $2,100.00
(6) Desk Workstations $15,000.00
(15)Guest/Side Chairs $1,500.00
(1) Conference Table w/8 Chairs $3,500.00
(17)Blinds/Curtains $3,500.00
(5) Lateral File Cabinets $3,800.00
Cell Phones $500.00
Misc. Office Supplies $2,000.00
Total $36,300.00

and, be it further 

RESOLVED, That the 2019 Adopted Budget be and hereby is amended, as follows:

Revenue Account:
Increase A.1170.1170-3026-REV-State Aid – Public Defender $36,300.00

Appropriation Account:
Increase A.1170.1170-2000 – EXP – Equipment – Fixed Asset $ 24,700.00
Increase A.1170.1170-4010 – EXP – Equipment – Non-Asset 6,100.00
Increase A.1170.1170-4530 – EXP – Supplies 5,500.00

and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Public Defender, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor GROFF and adopted by the following vote:
TOTAL: Ayes: 19 Nays: 0 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Waldron)

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