County legislature approves funding to build new Orange Medical Examiner facility

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Medical Examiner’s offices are currently housed in modular facilities at the emergency services center site, but the county legislature on Thursday approved appropriating $14 million toward a new permanent facility with a total price tag of $23 million.

The vote was not unanimous. Two lawmakers, including Jimmy O’Donnell, voted against it.

O’Donnell suggested placing the medical examiner and health department under one roof.

“Right off the bat you’d have 50 percent savings in security, 50 percent savings with the receptionist, and the medical examiner building should no way cost the county taxpayers $23 million,” he said.

The majority of the lawmakers said the two facilities should not be housed in one building.