MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee approved the acceptance of the 2021-22 aid to prosecution grant during a meeting Wednesday afternoon, a grant geared towards prosecuting violent felonies.
According to the meeting agenda, the District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a grant in the amount of $54,460 from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services pursuant to its Aid to Prosecution Program for the period from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.
Madeline Contiguglia, Executive Assistant for the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, addressed the committee. Contigugila explains that the grant has been awarded for several years, and is a source of funding for personnel in the office.
“(The grant) assists in paying for approximately 50 percent of an assistant district attorney’s salary,” Contiguglia explains. “The main focus of the grant is to prosecute violent felonies and assist in the prosecution of violent felonies.”
The committee also approved the acceptance of a grant for the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office worth $13,238 from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services pursuant to its Aid to Defense Program from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.
Officials say the grant will pay for part of the salary of one assistant public defender.