Clarkstown judge says security at courthouse non-existent

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A Clarkstown Court judge, who has been rallying for security changes at the justice court since 1999, says those who enter the building are still at risk.

Judge Scott Ugell says security at the building located at 20 Maple Avenue is non-existent. He says his staff is secured behind bulletproof glass and all employees must swipe a security card to get to their offices, but the security ends there.

Clarkstown Police Sgt. Harry Baumann says the judge?s biggest concern is at the entrance to the court where hundreds of visitors can walk right in the building and down to the courtroom. He says there are no metal detector checkpoints.

In 1999, Judge Ugell requested a security survey from the New York State Office of Court Administration. He wants the town board to reconsider adding security expenses at the court to the budget. Meanwhile, the Clarkstown Police Department, located downstairs from the courtrooms, has arranged for some officers to help out.

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