Fulton County ‘urges’ state to pay costs ‘Raise the Age’ law will have impact

By: Mike Anich
Date Published: November 21st, 2018

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week urged the state to fully fund new costs incurred by counties related to the new state Raise the Age Law, and to develop a comprehensive transition and waiver process.

The resolution passed by the board at the County Office Building says the state has indicated it will “fully fund” incremental costs that counties incur related to Raise the Age provisions, as long as they remain within the state-imposed property tax cap.

“Significant questions remain unanswered on how incremental costs will be defined and how counties experiencing fiscal stress will be treated in regard to state reimbursement,” the resolution indicated.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on April 10, 2017 signed legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York state from 16 to 18 years old. Young people aged 16 and 17 will no longer be permitted to be housed in adult facilities or jails. The law went into effect Oct. 1. Those 16- or 17-year-olds impacted and charged with a non-violent felony or a misdemeanor will be considered an “adolescent offender” and be completely protected from the adult incarceration population

Raise the Age legislation requires all but the most serious 16-year-old criminal offenders to be diverted to county Family Court, and handled consistent with juvenile delinquent statutes. On Oct. 1, 2019, 17-year-old offenders will likewise be diverted.

Elsewhere during the board session, these county Department of Solid Waste matters were handled:

∫ Supervisors approved a resolution authorizing a contract between the county solid Waste Department and County Waste & Recycling Services Inc. of Clifton Park for use of the Fulton County landfill for disposal of sludge from Keymark Corp. of Fonda for 2019. The disposal rate is $68 per ton with guaranteed tonnage disposal of 1,200 tons.

“This is a private sector contract,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

∫ The board authorized a reciprocal agreement between the department and the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board for leachate disposal services. The two-year agreement running through Dec. 31, 2020 calls for: 1 cent per gallon be charged to the county for leachate disposed of at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility; and a $34 per ton charge to the sewer plant for sludge hauled to the landfill.

∫ Board members authorized submittal of a reimbursement request to the state for 2017 electronics recycling. The state Department of Environmental Conservation had offered funding for electronics recycling in 2017. A total of $28,611 was spent in 2017 to cycle electronics, with the county seeking reimbursement of 50 percent, or $14,305.

∫ The board increased the ceiling limit for out-of-county large load waste category for 2018 and 2019. Limits set were 35,000 tons for 2018, and 60,000 tons for 2019.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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