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Senior group hears of crime and punishment in Colonie

Crummey said that in his ninth year as a town judge, he has come to learn that many of the town's criminal troubles have to do with addictions " both physical and emotional.

"I spent some time on that because not only do addictions bring a tremendous amount of case activity, but a lot of times they are the genesis of introduction into the justice system," said Crummey, "It's something that society needs to continue to take a look at " how to get its arms around the criminal justice system,"

Crummey said that addictions end up costing everybody in the town money because often addicts continue to fall back into criminal patterns, repeatedly being arrested and processed " which costs the taxpayers money.

"What I pointed out to the Silver Streakers, and younger people, is that actually you have to ask the question if you mind paying for their addiction," he said, "You have to realize that you're paying for people to do crack; is that still OK with you?"

Vice President Miller said the program, which lasted longer than 45 minutes was well received by the group.

"I thought it was an excellent presentation. I have heard him before at Republican meetings, and I was sure that people were interested," said Miller.

"I had people coming up to me saying that was the best presentation we've ever had."

Maples agreed that Crummey's presentation was a good choice for the group.

"He was not only informative, but he was also pleasant and funny. We are certainly glad that he took the time to talk to our seniors. Our group asked many questions, and he answered them all very nicely and he's just a very good spokesperson for the town."

Crummey said he was pleased to talk to the seniors about the Colonie Town Court System, which he praised as being well known throughout New York.

"Often the NYC courts look to Colonie as an example of a successful court operation. We get phone calls every week from other courts asking questions about how to do things," he said.""

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