According to The New York Times, state courts have handled 4.7 million cases in 2009 — the highest number ever — because of what some consider recession-sparked cases of contract disputes, home foreclosures and family assaults. To read more, click here.
The statewide trend is reflected here in the Lower Hudson Valley, where since 2008, Rockland County has seen a 13 percent increase in civil cases, Dutchess has seen an 11 percent rise, while Orange has seen a 5 percent jump. The cases reflect soaring numbers of foreclosures, divorces, contract disputes and other civil cases outside of Westchester, said Alan Scheinkman, the administrative judge for the 9th Judicial District.
It’s why Westchester County Judge Jeffrey Cohen and Yonkers City Court Judge Charles Wood, who both won the fall election for state judge, are being reassigned to Orange County and Dutchess County, respectively. I wish them both a smooth ride on the long commute.