state mandate http://wamc.org en Two Counties Share a Service to Save Money http://wamc.org/post/two-counties-share-service-save-money <p>Two counties in New York’s Hudson Valley will be sharing a legal service that officials say could save the counties’ taxpayers more than 300-thousand dollars a year. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro say their counties are starting a one-year pilot program to share legal defense counsel. And here’s why: &nbsp;when a Public Defender’s Office is disqualified from representing a client because of a legal conflict, a private attorney is assigned.&nbsp; The private attorney then bills the County according to rates established by New York State. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:07:08 +0000 Allison Dunne 54324 at http://wamc.org