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Portland completes Brocton court transition

PORTLAND — A major transition for the town court is complete..

Vera Hustead, Ripley town justice, announced the official dissolution of the village court in Brocton last week. Cases once filed there have been transferred to the town.

Hustead hailed the work of town court clerk Lisa Gugino and deputy clerk Kathy Cave in making the transfer happen. “I’ve met some very nice people in your town and some not so nice people in your town,” Hustead noted. “It’s the nature of the job.”

The need for the town of Portland to take over the caseloads happened when former village Judge Richard Delcamp resigned in 2018 followed by the death of Justice James Craig in June 2018.

Hustead, who was recently nominated to another three-year term to the New York state Magistrates board of directors, had been working on the transition for 21 months. She also noted both Justices Thomas DeJoe and Daniel Thompson were “doing very well” with the adjustment.

She also thanked the town for its “investment of not only time, but the money.”

Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz praised Hustead’s work. “We really appreciate the job you’ve done,” he said. “It was a big transition … taking the village of Brocton justice court on. We can’t thank you enough for helping us.”

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