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Village of Ossining (population 25060)

Name of service/government operation: Town of OssiningJustice Court

Form of sharing: Dissolution of Village Court; enlargement of Town Court

Services affected: All court-related services (including Parking Violations Bureau)

Year started: 2012

Partners: Village and Town of Ossining

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): cost savings and functional efficiency

What planning process preceded the sharing? Two years of investigations, study, and interim negotiations

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? IMA and lease agreement

Challenges: maintenance of local control of health, security, and safety issues, specifically with respect to housing and property maintenance

Benefits: minimal decrease in cost to Village

Impact on budget: nominal increase in revenue

Impact on labor: demotion and decrease in salary; three out of seven non-judicial employees no longer working in Ossining Court

Impact on service: negative impact on adjudication of Village quality of life issues, including those related to housing, code enforcement, traffic and parking.

Key contact: Village of Ossining Corporation Counsel Lori Lee Dickson