For over a decade Westchester County needed it, and now Westchester County Executive George Latimer joined key stakeholders on Thursday to cut the ribbon on the long-awaited new Family Court site at 26 Garden Street in New Rochelle.
“This was a public private partnership that – most of all – made sense for the litigants who deserve the right to have their cases heard is a setting that exudes dignity and respect. Family Court deals with some of the judicial system’s most sensitive clients, and this new state of the art family court, for the people of this County, will stands for decades to come as a symbol of the power of what can be accomplished if we work together,” said Latimer.
The New Rochelle Family Court occupies the third and fourth floors of a six-floor building and has two courtrooms, three hearing rooms, judge’s chambers, offices for non-judicial staff as well as for staff from the Office for Women, Department of Probation and other County agencies. The 35,000-square-oot space features the latest technology and equipment, from assisted-listening capabilities to HVAC systems that provide for a good fresh-air ratio.
“I am thrilled to join with County Executive Latimer in cutting the ribbon on this beautiful, new Family Court. This state-of-the-art facility will better serve the modern-day justice needs of our local families, with its proximity to public transportation and major roadways making for easier access to the courthouse,” 9th Judicial District Administrative Judge Kathie Davidson.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said: “Located in the heart of New Rochelle’s burgeoning downtown and in immediate proximity to the New Rochelle Transit Center, the Family Court is ideally positioned to provide essential services to our city and region in a state of the art, modern facility.”
Simone Development Companies President Joseph Simone said: “I must give credit and thanks to County Executive George Latimer, his administration and The Stagg Group for doing such a tremendous job. It is a privilege for us to be able to create something that looks so beautiful in a location that has everything going for it. You could never find a better location for a courthouse than right here.”
The Stagg Group President Mark Stagg said: “It was a lot of hard work, but we persevered and completed this project under a tight deadline from start to finish in just 14 months. We’re very proud of what we accomplished especially in light of the pandemic. I think this is probably the finest courthouse facility anywhere within 200 miles of New Rochelle.”