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  • Now More Than Ever: Abolish The City Marshal

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    The city should eliminate the marshal position, the author writes (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office:)

    Since the 17th century, down on their luck New Yorkers have faced a familiar spectre: a New York City Marshal.

    The marshals are enforcers of court judgments including evictions, foreclosures, utility shut-offs, and debt collections. The difference between the New York City Marshals and New York City Sheriffs are that sheriffs are salaried public servants employed by the city while the marshals are technically private entrepreneurs who, despite being