Boyer appointed new Ulster County public defender

Enika Vania

On Tuesday, October 20, the Ulster County Legislature passed a resolution (21-1) appointing Ruth Boyer as the county’s community defender. 

County Executive Pat Ryan declared the nomination final month, expressing he was “excited and very pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Boyer to be our new Ulster County Public Defender.” The nomination followed a earlier nomination of legal professional Laura Sheeley, whom the legislature did not ensure, citing a lack of legal regulation and courtroom knowledge. 

Boyer has spent 15 a long time as an assistant and senior assistant community defender in Ulster and Dutchess counties. Additional lately, she served as principal legislation clerk in the State Supreme Court docket.

She is a graduate of the Metropolis University of New York Law Faculty and previous editor-in-main of the CUNY Law Evaluate. The Ulster County Bar Association gave her its best probable ranking, labeling her as “Highly Competent.”

“I am thankful to County Government Ryan for his thought and for nominating me as the Ulster County Community Defender,” Ruth Boyer claimed in a press release. “I have dedicated my profession to community company and the legislation and look ahead to employing my knowledge, together with the encounter and commitment of the attorneys and guidance personnel in the office, to deliver the maximum top quality lawful representation to all clientele of the Ulster County Community Defender’s Business office.”

The lone nay vote on the appointment arrived from Legislator Mary Beth Maio, who cited Boyer’s assistance for bail reform.

“There are extremely specific scenarios this 12 months that display that bail reform is not only disturbing by nature but perilous – risky to the sufferer, harmful to legislation enforcement, unsafe to our neighborhood,” reported Maio. “While Ms. Boyer may well have a qualifying resume, her quite obvious response to supporting bail reform regretably leaves me not able to help her appointment.”

Legislator Jonathan Heppner responded, “to vote no versus a competent applicant for a community defender, I really do not believe [bail reform] is a relevant issue.”

In guidance of the appointment, Legislator Eve Walter stated, “I consider this appointment is 1 of the most crucial kinds I could make as a legislator who is really dedicated to felony justice, with the emphasis on the word justice.”

Other nearby lawyers, these kinds of as Kingston Lawyer Eli Basch, also backed the appointment. 

“I would like to compliment the County Govt, Pat Ryan, on his collection of Ruth Boyer as Community Defender as Ruth’s vast and meaningful practical experience symbolizing the pursuits of indigent clientele in the two Household and Criminal Court docket is the excellent basis for her support as Community Defender,” claimed Basch, who is also a member of the Bar Association’s General public Defender Screening Committee, in a press release. “Her job has been focused to serving the passions of the disadvantaged and she has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues and shoppers and will proceed to do so as General public Defender of Ulster County.”

The situation formerly was held by Andrew Kossover, who resigned or was permit go (accounts differ) in February immediately after the county executive reported that an investigation discovered the general public defender’s business office unsuccessful to seek $2.5 million in reimbursements from the condition over a interval of a number of several years. 

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