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Elizabeth Culmone-Turbines

The Ulster County District Lawyer’s place of job final week introduced the appointment of Elizabeth Culmone-Turbines as the brand new deputy leader assistant district lawyer, the transfer coming one week after the county legislature voted 16-7 to approve a spherical of staffing requests. 

The brand new place used to be described in a press liberate as “third-in-command” in District Lawyer David Clegg’s place of job, with the purview together with supervising the bureau chiefs and managing the daily operations of the place of job. 

Culmone-Turbines has been with the Ulster County District Lawyer’s place of job since 2007, together with serving as Particular Sufferers Unit leader, and overseeing the established order of the county’s Intimate Spouse Violence Intervention (IPVI) Program, a multi-agency initiative devoted to deterring, fighting and lowering home violence. 

“Deputy Leader ADA Culmone-Turbines brings over 16 years of the easiest stage of prosecutorial revel in to the placement. Her management, group, and force for justice has already remodeled how our native prison justice gadget responds to intimate spouse violence.” stated Clegg in a July 26 press liberate. “With regards to looking for justice for survivors of crime, ADA Culmone-Turbines does now not settle for the established order. The place the gadget is missing, she is tenacious in her quest to make adjustments at a structural stage.”

The click liberate additionally incorporated a pseudonymous quote from a survivor of home violence. 

“The paintings that Liz does is actually existence converting,” stated ‘Mary.’ “She introduced out the braveness and power in me that I by no means knew I needed to rise up for myself. As a result of her paintings, she gave me and my kid our lives again. We’re perpetually thankful for all she has finished.”

Along with the brand new deputy leader place, the legislature additionally licensed the introduction of a Justice Courts & Diversion Unit leader by way of combining two part-time native court docket assistant district lawyer positions right into a unmarried full-time activity. Amongst different obligations, the as-yet-unfilled place will likely be liable for supervising and coaching justice court docket ADAs, and coordinating diversion and restorative justice referrals.

Along with the introduction of the pair of positions, the legislative approval on Tuesday, July 19 got here within the type of a 2022 price range modification and realignment of salaries, with an extra $2,056 from the county’s fund steadiness for 2021 to make it paintings. 

Some legislators who adverse the measure felt it used to be beside the point to take action simply previous to starting discussions in regards to the 2023 price range, whilst others cited opposition to equivalent requests by way of former District Lawyer,Republican Holley Carnright. Clegg is a Democrat. 

“Something that has been regarding me for a few years now could be the exceptional funding that this legislature has made within the district lawyer’s place of job that I don’t imagine could be taking place if Holley Carnright had been nonetheless our district lawyer,” stated Minority Chief Ken Ronk (R-The town of Shandaken). “Once a year, Holley Carnright would come and ask for somewhat bit more cash for his ADAs…which we had lengthy all agreed had been underpaid in comparison to their compatriots in different counties and different departments within the county that have lawyers. And annually he used to be advised ‘No.’” 

“We simply don’t appear to mention no to this DA,” Ronk stated. 

Legislator Eve Walter (D-The town and Village of New Paltz) stated that had she been a legislator on the time, she’d have voted to provide Carnright the price range he asked too. 

“I believe it’s a disgrace that he were given all the ones ‘No’s,” Walter stated. “If I used to be at the legislature, then I might’ve voted sure for the ones, as a result of I appreciate that he is aware of what he must do to run his place of job as it should be. So I don’t suppose we will have to hang towards our present DA, the truth that we’re permitting him to rightsize his division, as it wasn’t finished that method for the former DA.”

Legislator Kathy Nolan (D-Cities of Denning, Hardenburgh, Olive and Shandaken) stated she licensed of what Clegg used to be intending with the brand new positions, and that used to be sufficient for her to vote in desire of the measure. 

“I’ve had conversations with the district lawyer and I’m happy with the adjustments which are proposed and which were in movement,” Nolan stated. “I believe we will have to all…do our due diligence and pursue the route we predict is true. To me that implies making those adjustments that can lend a hand strengthen the potency of the place of job and proceed transferring the place of job in a path in opposition to neighborhood policing and strategies of interplay with the neighborhood which are proven to be efficient in communities across the nation. It’s a procedure, and it doesn’t occur in an instant.”

Legislator Joseph Maloney (D-The town and Village of Saugerties) stated he used to be focused on a large number of errors, dismissals and offers made by way of the district lawyer’s place of job.

“I’ve were given 4 children on this county,” Maloney stated. “I will’t open up the paper and notice this stuff that stay taking place in our DA’s place of job…I need to know if there’s extra that we don’t find out about. Are we simply now not going after positive issues? Have we given up on white collar crime? What’s occurring right here on this county, and when are we gonna rise up and require higher? So I’m going to be a no in this, as a result of I don’t know if I’d even get a go back on my funding right here.”