Dutchess lawmakers to approve new emergency training center, public defender’s office

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature is expected to approve bonding of $7.6 million for two construction projects at their monthly meeting tonight.
It will cost $4.6 million to construct the interior of 45 Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie for use as the public defender’s office. The county bought the building in late 2016 and at that time approved bonding for $1.75 million for renovation, but later analysis determined it would cost significantly more to perform the necessary work.
As a result, the legislature was asked to appropriate the additional funds.
Lawmakers will also vote to bond for $3 million to demolish the county’s Emergency Services Training Center building at the county Department of Emergency Response Creek Campus in Hyde Park and construct a new facility.
Both projects were approved in committee on Thursday.