Monday night, the council discussed the current law, which requires the city to wait for a criminal conviction before taking action on problems such as meth labs. The new law would only require they prove there has been a certain number of violations in a year, depending on the crime. Then a court can take action.
The council says waiting for a conviction isn’t working.
”These people are still living next door and the property values are going lower and lower and the morale is lower,” said Sue Skidmore (D), Elmira Mayor. “People want to leave their homes; they don’t want to live (next to criminal activity). Well, I don’t want to live there either. So, we needed to do something.”
”(The issue) still has to go to court,” explained city council member Dan Royle. “It’s not something where we can just wave a wand. It still has to go to court; it still has to face a judge. Ultimately, in the end, the only difference in our eyes is that it will allow us to move quicker.”
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