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  • I know theres no way to tell for sure but is there a prayer for 85s at this point?

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    • You never know.

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      • CANVASSING INFORMATION: Candidates from the 2009 Court Officer-Trainee Exam # 45-758 were last canvassed for New York City (All Boroughs), Suffolk and the 9th Judicial District, through the score of 91.7. This canvass took place in October 2010.

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        • OCA may start canvassing new candidates with a score of 90 and below in late 2012.

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          • FYI I found some more info on the new Court Officer Academy in Brooklyn. The RFP says it is to be completed in April 2013. I wonder if it is on schedule. There are layouts of the buildings on the site as well. the link is below:

            http://www.dasny.org/construc/procur...ss/343/343.php

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            • From April 2011

              http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2011...r-st/#comments

              The long-empty St. Teresa’s school complex in Crown Heights won’t continue to be unused for long: At last week’s Community Board 8 meeting, plans were revealed to renovate the three buildings at St. Johns and Classon for a training academy complex for NY State Court officers. The design process for renovating the buildings, which have been boarded up for 20 years, is under way, and construction is supposed to begin in the fall. When work wraps in the summer of 2013, classrooms, dorms and a training facility will be in place. (Don’t worry, no shooting practice allowed!) At the meeting there was some concern voiced over parking, but it was pointed out there’s an existing garage on St. Johns Place. Overall the plan was praised for bringing life to the old buildings.

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              • Hey Retriever,

                Thanks for the academy information. I am not sure if you read this article, but it was written in Oct 2011.


                Court Officer Academy a Reality in Brooklyn
                by Samuel Newhouse ([email protected]), published online 10-05-2011


                Every Court Officer in State To Be Trained in Crown Heights

                BROOKLYN — Those in the Brooklyn courts claim that the best court officers are working right here in the County of Kings.

                Whether dragging a suspect away from a Matrix-style attack by victim’s family members diving over the pews, nurturing hidden talents for painting or photography, detecting swords hidden inside canes carried by court users, or simply helping an old lady cross an icy street, the court officers in Brooklyn seem to always be going above and beyond the call of duty.

                And these Kings County qualities have apparently garnered the attention of Albany. Legislators and court administrators, as well as the governor, have decided that soon all of New York’s court officers will need to be trained right here in Brooklyn.

                “For me, Brooklyn is the heart and soul of the court system,” said New York State Supreme Court Officers Association President John Strandberg about a soon-to-be-built court officers’ academy in Crown Heights. “I do think that Brooklyn and Brooklyn court officers are special — but that’s easy for me to say, having been one.”

                A former Kings County Supreme Court officer, Strandberg predicted great things at the future site of the New York Courts Career Development Center, to be located on a leafy, quiet portion of Classon Avenue, near the border of Prospect Heights.

                “Crown Heights is a beautiful old Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s certainly seen better times, but better times are ahead,” Strandberg said. “It’s beautiful — a few blocks from Eastern Parkway, a few blocks from Flatbush [and] Prospect Park.”

                Metal fences have already been erected around the vacant St. Teresa’s of Avila Catholic school and convent on Classon Avenue between St. John’s Place and Sterling Place.

                Slated to be completed in 2012, when the lease on the current Career Development Center on Williams Street in lower Manhattan ends, the court officer training academy will inject new life into the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood and its local businesses.

                “The courts are good neighbors,” Strandberg said. “Depending on what re-certification classes and what other civilian trainings are happening, it could bring a couple hundred people to the neighborhood on a daily basis.”

                Future court officers of both state Supreme Court and the city’s lower courts will get their chops in Brooklyn. There will be some recruits residing on site, while others will commute to the academy. Additionally, veteran officers will come for re-training and re-certification programs, and an expected 50 to 100 full-time employees will be staffed at the center, as well.

                “Brooklyn being the largest county in the largest city in the state, I think it’s perfect,” Strandberg said. “The proximity will allow for the recruits doing training in Crown Heights to come in and observe court officers in the city. I think it’s a win-win for everybody involved.”

                St. Teresa of Avila Church still stands on the corner, but the three former church-owned buildings in question have been vacant for decades. The actual church will remain at its current location, untouched by the new facility. The renovated 53,000-square feet complex will include fitness and training facilities, classrooms, dormitories, a cafeteria, locker rooms and showers, and administrative office space.

                Court officers have long been trained at the facility on Williams Street and at a satellite location in the upstate town of Cohoes, N.Y. Now, even officers from upstate will train in Brooklyn thanks to the dormitory aspect of the project. “In Buffalo, if they need new court officers there, they will be trained here, and they will be put up in the dormitory, and then will be sent back up there to work,” Strandberg said. “It’s a complete renovation to suit the needs of the court system.”

                The project has been winding its way to fruition through state government for five years. In 2006, this proposal was passed by the New York State Senate and approved by former Gov. George Pataki. His successor, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, then earmarked about $30 million to make the project a reality. Officials are optimistic that by the time the project is completed, budgets will have bounced back to spur new recruiting.

                According to Strandberg, New York has the highest-trained court officers in the entire country, meaning they are all required to be trained in a variety of security fields and must be certified first responders. This will help boost security in Crown Heights, as a tangential benefit to the neighborhood, Strandberg said.

                “It’s a good thing for the neighborhood. It’s a 24-hour facility, and there will be a presence there around the clock,” Strandberg said.

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                • Cuomo Bets On Convention Center, Casino Gaming In State Of The State

                  Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his second State of the State address this afternoon in Albany, where he outlined plans to bring the nation's largest convention center to Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens and revamp the state's gaming laws.

                  Cuomo says the 3.8 million square foot facility would create much needed tax revenues and jobs.

                  It would also pave way for a new master plan to redevelop the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side.

                  "We will make New York the number one convention site in the nation," Cuomo said.

                  The governor says the project would be made possible through a joint venture with the Genting Organization, which currently operates the Resorts World Casino -- an electronic gaming-only casino at Aqueduct.

                  In a statement, Genting Americas Senior Vice President of Development Christian Goode said the company is fully on board, adding "It's a great time to invest and grow in New York, and we are thrilled to be able to play a role in creating jobs and increasing tourism."

                  Cuomo also outlined a $1 billion economic development package for the City of Buffalo, which currently has the third highest poverty rate of any city in the nation.

                  Harping on the theme of a "New, New York," Cuomo began his speech by touting the outcomes of the last legislative session, which included the closing of a $10 billion deficit, overhaul of the state's tax code, and elimination of the MTA payroll tax.

                  Cuomo also laid out plans for campaign finance reform.

                  He says he wants to implement a statewide system of public funding of elections and lower contribution limits.

                  As for legislative redistricting, Cuomo says he will hold forums all across the state to allow
                  "extensive public comment" to ensure the process remains transparent.

                  Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says there's a good chance a senate district could be added -- bringing the total to 63 districts -- after the proposed lines are drawn.

                  Democrats have voiced opposition to the proposal.

                  "What the senate Republicans are now proposing just confirms everyone's worst fears about the unfairness of the redistricting process. What they are proposing is tearing up the state constitution and submitting an illegal plan just so they can maintain their political power," said Queens Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat.

                  In a new tradition that began last year, the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were given the opportunity to address the crowd before the governor.

                  Both praised Cuomo for his leadership and talked about the need to continue to improve the state economy.

                  "The Assembly majority will act to provide tax relief for the working poor. Under our plan, working families who earn less than $30,000 annually will see their income taxes cut. Working families who earn less than $25,000 will pay no taxes at all," Silver said.

                  "We must create a more business-friendly state, so small businesses can flourish, a state that can compete with every other state in the nation and attract dynamic, large-scale job creation projects," Skelos said.

                  It's also the second straight year in which the address was delivered from the Empire State Plaza Convention Center instead of the Assembly chamber.

                  The venue change was made so more members of the public could attend.

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                  • Originally posted by Cravan View Post
                    CANVASSING INFORMATION: Candidates from the 2009 Court Officer-Trainee Exam # 45-758 were last canvassed for New York City (All Boroughs), Suffolk and the 9th Judicial District, through the score of 91.7. This canvass took place in October 2010.
                    Hey Cravan, do you think I have a shot ?

                    Court Officer Exam: Score 88.3 Rank 42XX

                    Court Assistant: Score 89.2 Rank 6XX

                    Please say yes : )

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                    • Originally posted by Monkeyboy49 View Post
                      Hey Cravan, do you think I have a shot ?

                      Court Officer Exam: Score 88.3 Rank 42XX

                      Court Assistant: Score 89.2 Rank 6XX

                      Please say yes : )
                      Hey Monkey....
                      Just an FYI...I spoke with someone from the courts and was told that before any hiring happens they would rehire the laid off employees first. This is in reference to the Court Assistants.
                      The good news is that there is some security in knowing you would be first to be called if you were ever laid off. The bad news is a longer wait for those on the list (Might be more bad news if more are laid off).

                      I still want some input from veterans regarding this CA position. Is it worth pursuing or not?
                      As for the CO (and CA)..I think it's going to mid 2013 before the hiring begins. Just my opinion but the list will last for up to 5 years. And they should reach both yours and my scores/ranks before the life of list expires.

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                      • Originally posted by CivilServant14 View Post
                        Hey Monkey....
                        Just an FYI...I spoke with someone from the courts and was told that before any hiring happens they would rehire the laid off employees first. This is in reference to the Court Assistants.
                        The good news is that there is some security in knowing you would be first to be called if you were ever laid off. The bad news is a longer wait for those on the list. (Might be more bad news if more are laid off).

                        I still want some input from veterans regarding this CA position. Is it worth pursuing or not?
                        As for the CO (and CA)..I think it's going to mid 2013 before the hiring begins. Just my opinion but the list will last for up to 5 years. And they should reach both yours and my scores/ranks before the life of list expires.

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                        • Originally posted by Monkeyboy49 View Post
                          Hey Cravan, do you think I have a shot ?

                          Court Officer Exam: Score 88.3 Rank 42XX

                          Court Assistant: Score 89.2 Rank 6XX

                          Please say yes : )

                          If OCA canvasses candidates again for the Court Officer job, you will definitely get called. You are next up in line. I do not know anything about the hiring process for Court Assistant. Good luck!!!

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                          • [QUOTE=Cravan;2957138]If OCA canvasses candidates again for the Court Officer job, you will definitely get called. You are next up in line. I do not know anything about the hiring process for Court Assistant. Good luck!!![/QUOTE

                            Thanks Civil & Cravan ... you made me feel a little better ... best of luck to everyone ... good guys on this site ....

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                            • The court assistant job isn't a bad gig. All things being considered though I would take the court officer job over the court assistant job for several reasons- 1) better training 2) a more interesting work experience 3) I believe some court assistants were laid off last year, and they would have to be re-hired before any new hiring 4) Firearms Although court assistants are peace officers, getting the firearms training is very difficult for them-OCA only very rarely runs the 8 day basic firearms course and they only have maybe 20 people in them. The majority of the slots go to coure clerks (a higher title) and the odd court officer who has not carried a firearm for an extended period of time for whatever reason. Also many bosses are reluctant to let you go for the training due to staffing concerns etc., and if he or she denies you, there isn't much you can do about it. That being said, I don't know if you are in a pension system right now or not. If you aren't, I would grab the first job offered, siince as a peace officer, both titles CURRENTLY have 30/55 retirement. You could always grab the court assistant slot if it was offered first, and become a court officer later
                              RETIRED 9-16-10

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                              • Originally posted by soon2retire View Post
                                The court assistant job isn't a bad gig. All things being considered though I would take the court officer job over the court assistant job for several reasons- 1) better training 2) a more interesting work experience 3) I believe some court assistants were laid off last year, and they would have to be re-hired before any new hiring 4) Firearms Although court assistants are peace officers, getting the firearms training is very difficult for them-OCA only very rarely runs the 8 day basic firearms course and they only have maybe 20 people in them. The majority of the slots go to coure clerks (a higher title) and the odd court officer who has not carried a firearm for an extended period of time for whatever reason. Also many bosses are reluctant to let you go for the training due to staffing concerns etc., and if he or she denies you, there isn't much you can do about it. That being said, I don't know if you are in a pension system right now or not. If you aren't, I would grab the first job offered, siince as a peace officer, both titles CURRENTLY have 30/55 retirement. You could always grab the court assistant slot if it was offered first, and become a court officer later
                                Interesting..thanks for the info!

                                That was my plan as I was much higher on the list for CA than CO.

                                One question though...why would a CO not carry a gun? Do they have a choice to not carry firearms on duty?

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