McKevitt Announces Justice Court Grants

New Hyde Park and East Williston awarded funding
March 4, 2008

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) today announced that two of the villages he represents will be given grants from the Justice Court Assistance Program. New Hyde Park was awarded $6,055 and East Williston will receive $658 to undertake renovations and to purchase equipment that will improve their operations and make their facilities more secure.

“I am pleased to announce these grants for New Hyde Park and East Williston,” said McKevitt. “As a lawyer, I understand that our courts play an important role in the justice system and provide a significant amount of revenue to local communities. In addition, they need to be continually updated; their ability to process cases and information is critical in maintaining a statewide criminal history database. I look forward to continued partnership with the Justice Court Assistance Program, as we both work to improve the courts.”

“Town and Village Courts play a critical role in the justice system of our state,” said Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau. “It is vital that these courts, whose jurisdiction includes non-felony criminal prosecutions, motor vehicle cases, small claims and landlord-tenant disputes, be well-equipped and secure. I am, therefore, pleased to announce Justice Court Assistance Program grants totaling $5 million statewide, to ensure that these courts, which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”