David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: May 12, 1999
|COURT SYSTEM AND NEW YORK CITY REACH AGREEMENT ON MAJOR
NEW COURT CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
Includes Plan to Develop First New Supreme Criminal Courthouse in Manhattan in Over 50 Years
|NEW YORK - Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Mayor Rudolph W.
Giuliani announced today an agreement on an amendment to the City's master
plan for the construction and renovation of courthouses in the City. The
new plan comprises extensive renovation and construction that will span
all five boroughs and includes a plan for review and development of a new
Supreme Court, Criminal Branch, Courthouse in Manhattan located at 101
This program will be financed by the State Dormitory Authority (DASNY), which issued $417 million in bonds in 1993 for the court program and is expected to issue additional bonds this summer and again in 2000. The City will be responsible for the debt service on the bonds, with some State aid. However, the bonds will not count against the City's debt cap, and DASNY financing is expected to save the City and the State millions of dollars over the life of the bonds.
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye said, "The appearance and condition of a
courthouse should reflect, not detract from, the gravity and seriousness
of the business conducted within. Dilapidated, deteriorated courthouses
have long been an unfortunate fixture in New York City, threatening to
erode the public's respect for the courts and the judicial process. The
City's new court improvement plan continues the City's commitment toward
suitable and dignified court facilities and is a major financial commitment
by the City. I applaud and thank Mayor Giuliani for his leadership on this
Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman said, "The City's new plan
represents the latest in a series of significant steps this administration
has taken to improve courthouse facilities. In just the last few years,
we have had the pleasure of opening up a number of modern new courthouses
throughout the City and making necessary renovations in several others.
I thank the City for its cooperation in working to provide the citizens
of New York City decent courthouse facilities befitting the administration
of justice and look forward to the expansion of this effort throughout
all five boroughs."