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OC Legislature Government Center Final Report

OC Legislature Government Center Final Report

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REPORT TO THE ORANGE COUNTY LEGISLATUREORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTERSEPTEMBER 6, 2012
Michael R. Pillmeier, Chairman Orange County LegislatureHon. Jeffrey D. Berkman, Chairman of Special CommitteeHon. Katie BonelliHon. Albert W. Buckbee, IIIHon. Matthew A. TurnbullPrepared byJacobowitz & Gubits, LLP158 Orange AvenueWalden, New York 12586
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSExecutive Summary ..................................................................................3Government Center Elements ...................................................................6Roof............................................................................................................6Walls........................................................................................................10Mold.........................................................................................................11Windows ..................................................................................................13Mechanicals ............................................................................................14Structure...................................................................................................14Energy Efficiency .....................................................................................14 Access......................................................................................................15Reposition Space ....................................................................................15Drainage ..................................................................................................16 Aesthetics ................................................................................................17Project Cost..............................................................................................17Storm Recovery ......................................................................................18Site ..........................................................................................................20Connection to New Courthouse ..............................................................20Judiciary ..................................................................................................20Handicap Access .....................................................................................21Time Schedule ........................................................................................21Witnesses.................................................................................................22Document and Exhibits ...........................................................................25
 
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A. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This Committee was formed by a Resolution Number 161 of 2012 by the OrangeCounty Legislature.The Resolution reads as follows:"Resolution of the Orange County Legislature, pursuant to Orange CountyCharter Article II, Section 2.02(q) and the Orange County Legislative ManualSection IV(G.) establishing a Special Legislative Committee to conduct aninvestigation and subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and require theproduction of books, papers and other evidence necessary or material withrespect to the Orange County Government Center.”Despite the time constraints within which the Committee had to complete its task,the Committee conducted twelve sessions and received testimony and documentaryevidence at five of those sessions. We conducted site inspections and receivedadditional documentary evidence from witnesses following their testimony.It is regrettable that some Executive Branch officials refused to provide testimonyunder oath, consistent with the charge given this Committee. Our ability to access thefacility was frustrated by delays over providing the keys, and many documentsrequested from the Executive Branch have not been provided. Nevertheless, theCommittee was able to overcome those obstacles in a bi-partisan fashion and assembleevidence and information into a record that is quite comprehensive, complete, andinformative and should be reviewed in detail by all Legislators. It will provideconsiderable valuable information to enable us all to make better informed decisions onthe future of the Government Center.The Committee was determined to have an open, transparent process thatwelcomed the contributions of other legislators and members of the public. We thankthose that took the time to participate and provide their testimony and expertise to assistthe County Legislature in building an informative record upon which the Countygovernment can take future action.
1. In summary, the record reveals the following
:The F.E.M.A. storm recovery issue prompted the credibility concerns which led tothe creation of this special committee. The efforts of this committee have resulted in abetter understanding of the F.E.M.A. process and the anticipated results.

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