Deal would bring added security to Princetown courts

According to County Attorney Chris Gardner, he recently met with Maura and other Princetown officials to foster an agreement.

The tentative agreement would allow for a sheriff's deputy to be dispatched from the County Sheriff's department on nights when court is in session. Princetown's court meets every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

Under the proposed agreement, the sheriff's deputy would be compensated at an overtime rate for a minimum of four hours with the same fringe benefit and indirect cost rate used in other intermunicipal agreements. The deputy would also be paid for mileage to and from the Schenectady County Jail and the Princetown Town Court.

Gardner said the cost to the town would be approximately $200 per night.

Gardner also said he is still negotiating an indemnification provision that would require the town to carry a general liability insurance policy at the $1-to-$2 million level and a law enforcement liability policy at the $1 million level. He said the town would also be required to reimburse the county for any expenses incurred for on-the-job injuries as required under the Workers Compensation Law.

Maura said that in addition to seeking the assistance of the county, he is currently seeking grants for the implementation of metal detectors in the courthouse. He said he would also look to contract with private security companies on an as-needed basis.

Minority Leader Robert Farley, R-Scotia, said he thought it was important that the county pass the resolution to insure that Princetown had well-trained security officers from the County Sheriff's department.

"A deputy sheriff is a trained officer under the law," said Farley. "They can make arrests."

Gardner said that if the resolution is passed by the Legislature, the contract could go into effect on Wednesday, April 9, and would continue for a full year.

"It's just a matter of getting everyone together to sign the contract," he said.

Gardner also said the Legislature could renew the contract in the future.""

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