Nassau Approves Funds for Family Court Move

, New York Law Journal

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Nassau County lawmakers have approved borrowing of $72 million to fund the first phase of a building plan that will bring the Nassau County Family Court to Mineola from its current Westbury site.

In a 15-0 vote on Dec. 19, the County Legislature agreed to the bond authorization for a plan to renovate and enlarge the former Social Services building in Mineola to create a facility that will house a combined Family Court/Matrimonial Center and the county's Integrated Domestic Violence Court. In all, the project is estimated to cost $168 million.

The initial phase of construction, which will take about 20 months, includes gutting the building interior, removing its existing façade and roof, and then replacing them. The entire project is slated to take about three and one-half years, said a spokesman for County Executive Edward Mangano.

Westchester and Orange Counties also are proceeding on plans to upgrade court facilities (NYLJ, May 23).

On Dec. 12, the Orange County Legislature approved a $67 million renovation project at the County Government Center, which has been closed for two years as the result of damages from Hurricane Irene. The project will include the section of the building that housed the Supreme Court.

Ronald Younkins, executive director of the Office of Court Administration, said plans in Westchester to relocate the Family Court in Yonkers to a newly-renovated building are moving ahead, with the courts "working closely with the county in developing the plans."

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