Tonawanda News — The necessity of a jury trial could also prove to be another hurdle, though none are currently scheduled for the month of May. Security is still in place with slight modifications.
“It’s a little bit of an inconvenience but it’s nothing we can’t live with,” said Lewis, who has been holding court in North Tonawanda since 2001. “And my staff has been really good.”
The city, which will pay for the project up front but will be reimbursed by the state by the end of the year, was also able to contribute some input into the design of the courtroom renovations, which will be modeled in part after the council chambers, according to Isenberg.
“This is a project that is going to be of great value,” he said. “It’s going to update the appearance of the courtroom. We feel that when members of the public appear in court they should be doing so in a dignified setting. Out experience has been that when these kinds of improvements are made it enhances the experience the public has had with the court system. At the end of the day we see more efficiencies.”BIG RED NUMBER BREAKOUT: $48,000 Amount of money it will cost to renovate the North Tonawanda City Court, being reimbursed by New York state Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.