Cayuga County off-hour arraignments could be held in Auburn

Responding to new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring defense attorneys at all arraignments no matter the time of day, Cayuga County could set up a central hub in Auburn.

Lloyd Hoskins, executive director of the assigned council program, said off-hour arraignments could be held in the Cayuga County Mental Health Center on North Street in Auburn, with one judge on call during the normal working hours, and judges on a rotation schedule from about 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

A defense attorney will be available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, he added.

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