The Long Beach City Court in Nassau County was opened yesterday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy pounded the area on Oct. 29. In the wake of the storm, the buildingwhich has facilities for the city's police department, fire department and other city agenciesdid not have enough power for court operations. With the court closed, matters were handled at the Nassau County District Court in Hempstead. The court reopened yesterday, with computers and phones operational.
Nassau County Administrative Court Judge Anthony Marano (See Profile) praised Long Beach city officials for their assistance and said he was "not aware of major difficulties or problems as a result of the opening."
Other court facilities still face challenges. According to the state's Unified Court System website, administrative offices located at 25 Beaver St. remain closed, but court spokesman David Bookstaver said some staffers, including his communications team, were "incrementally" moving back into the offices. The Red Hook Community Court in Brooklyn also remains closed.