When the village of Canastota decided to cut half a court clerk from its 2008-2009 budget, the Lenox board agreed to retain the clerk until the end of its fiscal year, Dec. 31. The town's portion was around $11,000 including insurance.
At the regular town board meeting Aug. 11, the board entered into executive session to discuss whether or not to keep the third clerk and pay her salary. A decision was made to retain the clerk for the justice department. The position will be placed in the town's 2009 budget, salary to be determined.
Edward Pokorny is Canastota village justice. He's also justice for the town of Lenox as is Michael Mitchell.
The justice's office obtains three clerks. In the past, the town and village each paid salaries for one-and-a-half clerks.
"We should have a clerk per justice," said town Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica. "The courts are running smooth and we don't want to disturb the way it's run. We feel it's justified."