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


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, each County must prepare and implement a transition plan for its Public Defender’s Office and Assigned Counsel plan in order to receive State grant funds for increased staffing, monitoring and other new costs; and

WHEREAS, in the past the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office paid a stipend to the Public Defender to contract his/her staff for all legal assistant/grant administration work; and

WHEREAS, the Committees on Public Safety and Finance recommend contracting with Ms. Kane to provide the Public Defender with Indigent Legal Services administrative support during 2019; now, therefore be it

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that NYS ILS grant funding will fully reimburse the County for this contract; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Chairman of the Board be and hereby is authorized to sign a contract with Robin Kane of Johnstown, NY for consulting services, effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019; said contract subject to the approval of the County Attorney; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That said contract specify consulting services by Robin Kane including the following contract terms and conditions:

  1. Contract Term: January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019
  2. Billable Hourly Rate: $25.00 per hour, not to exceed $52,000.00.
  3. Not to exceed 40 hours per week
  4. Flat Rate: No reimbursable expenses will be charged Resolution No. 558 (Continued) and, be it further

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

Seconded by Supervisor FAGAN and adopted by the following vote:

TOTAL: Ayes: 523 (19) Nays: 0 Absent: 28 (1) (Supervisor Potter)