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Westchester Legislators Approve Yonkers Family Court Move

Legislator Gordon Burrows (R-Yonkers) speaking in favor of Yonkers Family Court move at the meeting Monday.
Legislator Gordon Burrows (R-Yonkers) speaking in favor of Yonkers Family Court move at the meeting Monday. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Westchester County Board of Legislators on Monday approved the plan for a new Family Court facility in the City of Yonkers.

The new facility will be at 131 Warburton Ave., half a mile from the present court at 53 S. Broadway. The new family court will be in the same building as the Yonkers branch of the county’s Department of Social Services.

“Although it has taken five years, I applaud all the parties involved in the planning and approval of this move for such a constructive and cooperative process,” said board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers).

The relocation to this site and the design plan have been commended by Family Court administrators, attorneys and social services advocates because it provides easy and convenient access to services and additional oversight and security for families within one location.

“The folks who are appearing in family court are our neighbors and our friends. Most of them are living through the scariest and most stressful time of their lives. It is our responsibility to make sure that the services and facilities that we provide to them, including our judges, court officers and personnel are the best they can be,” said attorney and Legislator Gordon Burrows (R-Yonkers).

In addition to vastly improving the safety and efficiency of the Yonkers Family Court, the move will save county taxpayers $14 million in operating costs compared to the existing facility over the course 20 years.

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