F.C. Probation planning move

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Probation Department plans to move across the street to the Fulton County Annex building in Gloversville on March 4.

That approximate date was provided this week by Probation Director Cynthia Licciardi to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee. Currently, the annex is undergoing renovations by county buildings and grounds staff to accommodate probation, as well as new spaces for the county Public Defender’s Office and others.

“We think the building is coming along nicely,” Licciardi said.

She said the Probation Department’s part of the building is painted and carpeted. She said buildings and grounds is “doing a great job in readying the building.”

St. Mary’s Healthcare moved out of the two-story annex building at 57 E. Fulton St. in September, leaving only a few county Community Services Department employees. Fulton County is now repurposing the building. The county Probation Department at 64 E. Fulton St. needs more space, and there is a new public defender, Roger Paul, who is now full-time instead of part-time.

Licciardi said the new probation spaces provide safety, security and more space. She said her department will have to invite county officials to visit at some point after relocation.

“We’re real excited about moving,” Licciardi said. “It’s going to be a new chapter.”

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead suggested the committee hold a future meeting at the annex.

Licciardi said her department is planning on expanding programs, such as youth groups, parenting groups and mediation. She said a large conference room in the basement is “ideal” to hold these groups, which benefits the community.

Paul said he wanted to reiterate how well the move is coming along at what he called a “great location.”

“Buildings and grounds moved very quickly,” he said. “I’d like to thank the board.”

Paul said three offices at the annex are dedicated to the Public Defender’s Office, adding that his office “started operation” there Jan. 25.

He also thanked the county for replacing his prior position of Family Court attorney with attorney Bradley Rooke, who started Jan. 23.

“I really like Mr. Rooke, having met him and working with him,” Paul said. “I think he’s a great addition to our office.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Josh Bovee

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