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Greene County sheriff’s offices under construction

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    The new Greene County Sheriff’s Office civil office.
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    The site of the temporary processing center at 370 Mansion St. in Coxsackie, pictured in October, which the county will lease for three years while a new Greene County Jail is constructed. Renovations are expected to be completed the first week of January.
December 27, 2018 10:02 pm

CATSKILL — Construction began Monday of a new civil office that will be used by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews are working to build the civil office, which processes paperwork for evictions, foreclosures, subpoenas and levies, in the records room in the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill.

A working civil office is another step in clearing the way for the state Commission of Corrections to approve a new county jail to be built in Coxsackie without violating county laws.

Those laws mandate the sheriff’s office cannot move its civil services out of Catskill — the county seat — without a public referendum.

After months of standing-room-only public hearings and heated debate among lawmakers over the proposal’s merits, the Greene County Legislature voted 10-4 to construct a new jail in Coxsackie because the former jail on West Bridge Street in Catskill was closed down April 20 after it was deemed unsafe.

The new civil office is expected to be completed in mid-January, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Thursday.

“There is no rush,” he said. “The existing house [where the current sheriff’s office is located] is mostly OK — unlike the jail.”

The work is being done in-house by county buildings and ground employees, Groden said.

“It will be low-cost,” he said, estimating materials for the civil office project in Catskill will total around $2,000.

“They put up three walls,” Groden said. “They just need to set up a computer and telephone and move in with their filing cabinets.”

County officials in October approved a three-year lease on a temporary processing facility in Coxsackie while the new jail is constructed.

“It will be much more expensive,” Groden said, regarding the renovations at the Coxsackie site, which are expected to wrap up the first week in January. “We have to make security upgrades, have cameras, doors that lock electronically.”

Rent for the building at 370 Mansion St. in Coxsackie will be $3,800 per month for the first year, $4,200 per month the second year and $4,300 per month the third, Legislator William Lawrence, R-Cairo, said in October.

Security improvements were estimated to cost $50,000, with total upgrades in the six-figure range, Groden said in October.

In October, Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley announced plans to have an additional satellite office on the second floor of The Greenville Pioneer Building at 11184 Route 32 in Greenville.

“I’m a firm believer in satellites,” Seeley said Dec. 10. “If I could have a deputy in every town, I would.”

The sheriff’s office has satellites in Prattsville, Ashland, New Baltimore and Greenville, and will soon have one in Coxsackie with its civil office staying in Catskill, Seeley said.

Satellite offices improve response times and also help the community feel more comfortable with police presence, Seeley said.

“We solve more burglaries by interacting with the community,” Seeley said, adding that people are more likely to give tips to the police if they feel comfortable.

Keeping the civil office in Catskill will be convenient for residents, the sheriff said.

“They can just walk around the corner from DMV,” he said. “It’s all about the convenience of it. We work for the people. Whatever we do is to make your life easier. It’s a win-win for the citizens of Greene County.”

Comments
Amazing... it's a police county... no new money jobs, 38% public sector jobs, almost no crime (30 legitimate "detainees" at present, yet we spend limitlessly on a very lousy county Sheriff's Department. Pathetic.

At last Monday's Safety and Finance committee meetings Mr. Martinez, who represents Coxsackie, nominated his friend as the Ethics Officer. Mr. Martinez then recused from the vote. Most of the ethics failures occur in Coxsackie!!!

It's a complete hox that the "civil" part of the Sheriff's Office is separate from the Sheriff's Office. County Law Section 216 and 217 REQUIRE the Sheriff's Office remain in Catskill. Neither the language or the case law makes any distinction between the civil and non-civil Sheriff's Office.

It's important to notice again: "The sheriff’s office has satellites in Prattsville, Ashland, New Baltimore and Greenville, and will soon have one in Coxsackie with its civil office staying in Catskill, Seeley said." So... and now... look at the abusive loan/construction abuse for a new jail in Coxsackie - $90 million on top of these "satellite" offices... and yes, the Sheriff's Office is thoroughly incorporated into the Coxsackie boondoggle design!!!

Wake Up Greene County. Wake Up Rip Van Winkle. You're being hoodwinked, as in there's a hood over your eyes and hoods are running your county and making a profit from human cages and satellite offices that are little more than clubhouses for "deputies." Notice that the NYS Commission of Corrections ranked us 2nd worst offender only above Rikers, which is closing because it can't be fixed. Our 80 bridge street facility is serviceable, but we lack the courage and resolve to fix this horrific Sheriff's Department. 1 black, 2 women deputies, does NOT look like our population. Enough!

Use our non-existent county money to create actual industry... not a police county of error-prone abusers. see: Beilein Worst Offender Report. http://www.scoc.ny.gov/pdfdocs/Problematic-Jails-Report-2-2018.pdf Read the 5 years of correspondence to and from COC and Greene County. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QZNxEG2goUhnz-kQeG5LeVlFxmaNumgj

Be shocked. Be active. Be proactive.
"The existing house [where the current sheriff’s office is located] is mostly OK..." and yet we will waste this facility.
“I’m a firm believer in satellites,” Seeley said Dec. 10. “If I could have a deputy in every town, I would.” - police state. Notice that many villages and towns have their own police force.