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Article missed several points about DJ's office

| Thursday, June 10, 2004

This is a resident's response to the Neighborhoods article of May 20 titled, "Businesses complain about DJ's office." I have no role or stake in the matter.

While I can certainly sympathize with nearby business owners, there are several points that were not mentioned in the article that may provide a broader understanding and appreciation of the matter:

  • The location of the current district justice office was established prior to the election and assumption of office by Blaise Larotonda.

  • The term of the lease for the office is contractually fixed for a long period of time -- I've heard 10 years.

  • While the district justice is, I believe, a state employee/function, the operating budget for the office is established and controlled by the Allegheny County court system.

  • Allegheny County was encouraged and offered space in Mt. Lebanon's new Public Safety Center during and following its design phase. It was a site preferred by the then-district justice, police and local public officials. Allegheny County declined the opportunity, allegedly because of costs.

    William F. Lewis
    Mt. Lebanon

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