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The Peacemaker Program expands into Madison County

By Journal Staff


UTICA — The Peacemaker Program, Inc. announced it is now the court-designated provider of dispute-resolution services to all of Oneida and Madison counties. 


Previously, Peacemaker was the Community Dispute Resolution Center for Oneida County only.


The New York State Unified Court System Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Programs awarded Peacemaker this opportunity through a grant-application process, according to a Peacemaker news release.


Community mediation and family mediation programs are now available to residents of Madison County through the Peacemaker Program, which is headquartered in Utica. The coverage includes cases currently engaged with family court, small claims court, and municipal courts, the organization said. 


Mediation is a process where participants have an opportunity to find their own solutions with the help of a neutral third person, Peacemaker notes. The nonprofit contends that the programs are confidential, faster than a trial, inexpensive or free, and produce lasting, meaningful agreements.


The Peacemaker Program reported $317,600 in total revenue and $365,324 total expenses in 2011, according to the latest available IRS Form 990 filing from the organization.




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