Grant funds will grow size of Public Defenderís Office

CHENANGO COUNTY Ė Pending approval from the County Board of Supervisors next week, the Chenango County Public Defenderís Office stands to benefit from a state grant that will increase the size of the department, at least temporarily.

The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, whose purpose is to ensure appropriate and competent legal services to indigent clients, has awarded the Public Defenderís Office a $178,300 grant which will allow the department to hire two additional part-time positions Ė one clerk, and one assistant defender Ė in the coming months. Both positions are contingent on receiving state funds and do not include fringe benefits that would come at the countyís expense.

Should the grant be approved by the Board of Supervisors, the department insists that those two positions will go away if and state funding is no longer available.

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