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$67 million renovation project approved for OC government center

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Albany/HV: $67 million renovation project approved for OC government center
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A major renovation project is approved in Orange County Thursday. The project is for the currently shuttered Government Center in Goshen. While the plan is moving forward, as YNN's Jessica Chen explains, the approval wasn't met without some opposition.

GOSHEN, N.Y. -- After being shutdown for more than two years, Orange County residents are now one step closer to stepping into the Government Center. This, after the Orange County legislature approved 18 to 2 on a $67 million renovation project Thursday.

"I got the legislature to move forward and now it’s come to some fruition," said Orange County Legislative Chairman, Michael Pillmeier.

But, not everyone was so pleased with this decision.

"Since there were two options, the entire legislature should have voted on it," said Orange County Legislator, Roseanne Sullivan.

On Monday, the Physical Services committee independently decided between two options to bring to the floor.They chose the more expensive option saying it was more flexible. But this, Sullivan said is why she was one of the two people who voted no.

"We weren't given an option, the committee members were given the option and the committee members made the option for us," said Sullivan.

However, not everyone agrees.

"We've done this before, and it was nothing new," said Pillmeier. "Everybody had a chance to say what they wanted to say."

The approved renovation would include changing two sections of the building, while tearing down a third to make way for a new structure.

And though it's still unclear which departments will be in the building, Orange County Executive elect, Steve Neuhaus said he wants the DMV back in.

"Moving the DMV back to Goshen is a definite, the Mayor of Goshen and I are solid on it," said Neuhaus.

County officials now have to wait for an environmental assessment before they can move forward with construction.

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