[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Babylon 11-5-1986 by L.L. No. 8-1986. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Department of Attorney — See Ch. 6.
It is the intent of this chapter to establish a petty cash account in the office of the Town Attorney to fund an escrow account to be used by the Town Attorney to pay legal fees required by the County Clerks of the respective counties of New York State and the Clerks of said courts.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COUNTY CLERKS
- Includes any County Clerk, it's office or Deputies throughout New York State which require a fee for the filing of official documents.
- COURT CLERKS
- Includes any officer of a New York court who files pleadings, motions and judgments, keeps court records and issues process.
- ESCROW ACCOUNT
- A non-interest-bearing checking account with an approved New York State banking institution.
It shall be the purpose of this chapter to provide immediate access to funds for the following:
Filing of deeds, easements, covenants and restrictions and legal documents on behalf of the Town of Babylon with the office of the Suffolk County Clerk.
Filing of legal papers with the various Court Clerks of the state and federal courts.
Obtaining index numbers, calendar numbers, subpoenaed records and/or individuals, jury fees and other related court costs.
Filing of notices of appeal.
This chapter shall authorize the Town Attorney to open a special escrow account for the purposes set forth in § 22-3 above. The account shall bear the title "Office of the Town Attorney, Town of Babylon, Escrow Account," and shall be funded by a petty cash account in the initial amount of $1,000. Said funds are to be replenished upon submission of receipts to the Comptroller of the Town of Babylon so that a balance of $1,000 may be maintained at any given time.
The office of the Town Attorney shall maintain a ledger book, showing payee, amount, date and purpose, as well as maintaining appropriate bank statements and canceled checks, which may be reviewed by the Comptroller of Babylon at her request.
Only the Town Attorney and the Deputy Town Attorney shall be authorized to execute said escrow checks.
An accounting of this account shall be limited to providing receipts acceptable to the Comptroller of the Town of Babylon.