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State Supreme Court to Hear Steuben Sheriff’s Case Thursday


Thursday is the date for a scheduled hearing in State Supreme Court on the case involving Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard’s decision to challenge the Steuben County Legislature’s vote regarding his legal fees and liability incurred in the performance of his duties.

State Supreme Court Justice Jason Cook will hear the case in Steuben County.

Back in September, the legislature voted to repeal a local law that provided for the defense and indemnification of the sheriff’s position. Several days later, Sheriff Allard filed a lawsuit challenging the decision, which resulted in a temporary restraining order being placed on the legislature’s decision.

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler told the Corning Leader that New York State laws are clear that the county does not have to indemnify the sheriff.

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