Resolution No. 361

Amending The 2023 County Budget To Upgrade A Part-Time Family Court Assistant Public Defender Position To Full-Time And Raise The Pay Rate – Public Defender

Resolution Information




Referred to:  The Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee (Chairwoman Hansut and Legislators Bowen, Hewitt, Fabiano, and Uchitelle), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Cahill, Criswell, Roberts, and Ronk)


Chairwoman of the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee, Gina Hansut, Deputy Chair Chris Hewitt offer the following:


WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted at the request of the County Executive on behalf of the Public Defender; and


WHEREAS, the Public Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent legal defendants, including indigent legal defendants in custody, child support, neglect, and abuse cases as well as those alleged to have committed family offenses; and


WHEREAS, the position of Assistant Public Defender is responsible for representing indigent clients in family cases in Ulster County Family Court; and


WHEREAS, family court cases make up a significant number of cases assigned to the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office. However, family court has been largely excluded from large-scale grant initiatives to bring down caseloads and improve representation quality; and


WHEREAS, the Public Defender’s Office was awarded the Second Upstate Family Defense (Child Welfare) Quality Improvement & Caseload Reduction grant by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS). ILS has advised the Public Defender’s Office to reduce the caseload of the supervising attorney created by the grant to allow this attorney to dedicate time to supervisory responsibilities and training; and


WHEREAS, the Public Defender’s Office has had a vacant part time family court Assistant Public Defender position, position #1170-1171; and


WHEREAS, recruitment efforts have been unsuccessful, which essentially makes the ability to engage in private practice negligible or impossible; and


WHEREAS, the Public Defender’s Office has been struggling to provide representation to family court clients with so few family court attorneys on staff; and


WHEREAS, these issues would be corrected by upgrading this Assistant Public Defender position to full-time with an annual salary of $85,813.00, and


WHEREAS, the Public Defender requests the 2023 Ulster County Budget be amended to upgrade this vacant Assistant Public Defender position to a full-time position using the unused funds in the budget line due to the incidental cost avoidance of being unable to fill the position as is; and


WHEREAS, in order to accomplish this, an amendment of the 2023 budget is necessary; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, that the 2023 County Personnel Listing is hereby amended as follows:



POSITION #                              TITLE                                       AMOUNT


1170-1171                                  Assistant Public Defender            $ 85,813.00*

(PL#)                                          (Change to Full-Time)

*Annual Salary                          

Annual Benefits $42,950.00

(F/T Salary to Year End Starting 7/2/23 - $42,906.00)

(Benefits to Year End Starting 7/2/23 - $21,474.00)



DECREASE                              AMOUNT            

AA.1170.1046-1400.1400            Part Time Pay                             $ 27,212.00

(App. #)


INCREASE                               AMOUNT            

AA.1170.1046-1300.1300            Regular Pay                                $ 42,907.00

(App. #)


AA.1170.1046-8000.8000            Retirement                                  $   2,107.00



AA.1170.1046-8010.8010            Social Security                            $   1,201.00



AA.9900.9900-3700.9990            Appropriated Fund Balance          $ 19,003.00



and move its adoption.





AYES:                       NOES:



Passed Committee: Law Enforcement and Public Safety on ______________.


Passed Committee: Ways and Means on ______________.






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Updated: July 9, 2023