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Moriah court an example for the state

New facility praised by court officials

State, county and local officials recently toured the new Moriah town court facility. From left are: Nancy Sunukjian, acting director of the state office of justice court support, Moriah Justice Brian Venne, State Sen. Betty Little and Kevin McGraw of the state justice court assistance program.

State, county and local officials recently toured the new Moriah town court facility. From left are: Nancy Sunukjian, acting director of the state office of justice court support, Moriah Justice Brian Venne, State Sen. Betty Little and Kevin McGraw of the state justice court assistance program.

— Sunukjian and others on the tour praised Moriah Justice Brian Venne for his leadership throughout the project.

“This is an outstanding example of a local government — supervisor, town board and justice — working together to find available resources to meet a local need,” State Sen. Betty Little said. “Reaching out to CV-Tech was looking outside-the-box. That kind of thinking led to something better with less expense. I’m proud of what’s been done here.”

The expanded and renovated court, which opened last year, is a welcome addition, Venne said. He noted the old space was cramped and attorneys often were forced to meet with clients outside the building.

The Moriah court is the third most busy in Essex County, Venne noted, handling about 60 cases each session.

“This was a real community project and I’m grateful to the Office of Court Administration for its assistance,” Venne said. “We now have a true hall of justice that provides the proper decorum for a court. I’m very proud of this court.”

Kristy Sprague, Essex County district attorney, agreed.

“It’s nice to have such a professional setting,” she said of the court. “It’s a privilege to practice in this court.”

Scozzafava pointed out the new court is also serving as a meeting room for the town board.

“It’s a great facility and it’s getting a lot of use,” the supervisor said.

Venne hopes to secure future JCAP grant funding to construct a jury room in the basement of the court building, add air conditioning, replace doors and get new windows.

“We have this wonderful facility,” he said. “Now I want to make it even better.”

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