Dutchess lawmakers, in committee, approve $192 million for new justice center

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County is moving forward with its plans to build a Justice and Transition Center to replace the county jail in Poughkeepsie.
Legislators meeting in committee Thursday night approved by an eight to four vote, bonding up to $192 million for the project.
The full legislature is expected to vote on it during a special meeting
on March 21.
Legislature Chairman Dale Borchert said approving the bonding is a very significant step in the process.
“This is a project that has been needed for almost 30 years,” Borchert said.  “The jail has been undersized since it was added on to back in 1994 and we have been kicking the can down the road and now it is time to stop kicking the can and actually take the work that needs to be done and do it.”  
Also in committee, the lawmakers approved a negative declaration of environmental
impact for the project.