Jay prepares for referendum on justice position

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas. Photo by Daniel E. Alexander.

— Douglas said he felt the board had done its due diligence when making their decision.

“I conducted a salary survey of all towns in Essex County regarding their justice position/positions,” Douglas said. “The Town Board made this decision only after Judge Dan Deyoe stated that he could handle the case load if Judge Minogue’s position was eliminated. This decision by the Town Board was based on the needs of the town and as a cost-saving measure.”

Douglas said the town court is only in session once a week, with the judges handling cases on a rotating basis.

“Currently, court is not held two times per week once by each judge as many constituents may have believed,” he said.

Balzac feels that there is a “strong argument” for having two.

“In a small town like Jay, you can have a conflict of interest. It’s an easy enough problem to have,” he said. “We had only one town justice before and there had to be a good reason why they decided to go to two.”

This is the second permissive referendum to be filed within the past two months in the region, as voters in the village of Keeseville filed a petition forcing an Oct. 22 vote on the plan to dissolve the incorporated village.

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