August 23, 2012

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Berkman supports rehabbing closed government center

GOSHEN – Orange County Legislature Democratic Minority Leader Jeffrey Berkman, who is chairing the special County Government Center Committee, has already said its report next month will not make any recommendation as to what direction to take in terms of a facility, but rather just state the facts it has learned from its investigation.

Having said that, though, Berkman supports rehabilitating the current building, which was closed a year ago after flooding and mold proliferation followed severe storms.

“I have concluded that the most effective way to proceed would be to renovate the building with certain conditions,” Berkman said, those being a new roof and mechanical equipment relocated. He also supports construction of an addition of 20,000 and 30,000 square feet.

Berkman said that would cost an estimated $50 million.

County legislators earlier this year rejected County Executive Edward Diana’s proposal to raze the existing building and construct a new one.


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