News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2001


County Executive Steinhaus announces roof replacements for two of the County’s buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Dutchess County is currently replacing the roofs on the County Courthouse and the Commissioner of Jurors Building (Old City Hall). "If you have been in downtown Poughkeepsie recently, you may have noticed scaffolding going up," said County Executive William R. Steinhaus. "This project continues our annual commitment to maintaining our County-owned buildings, which house important County government functions and facilitates the efficient provision of services to our residents. In 1991 the county evaluated all our roofs and completed a master plan for anticipated roof replacements. The County has made an annual investment into the planned replacement of aging roof systems, reducing the need for temporary and expensive repairs," continued Steinhaus.

The Dutchess County Courthouse was constructed in 1903 on the site of New York State’s ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788. The Commissioner of Jurors Building was constructed in 1831 and is the oldest municipal building in the City of Poughkeepsie. The exterior of Old City Hall was recently repaired through a grant from the New York State Historic Preservation Office, and the roof replacement will complete its renovation. Roman Yasiejko, Dutchess County’s Director of Physical Facilities, said, "Both buildings are excellent examples of architecture of their period, representing the County well on the National Register of Historic Places." County Executive Steinhaus added, "Dutchess County is blessed with a great variety of historic sites and structures, we are very pleased that this project will preserve two of our most important assets for future generations."

Both buildings will receive copper roofs, in part because of their historic status. Paul L. Cassillo, Commissioner of Dutchess County’s Department of Public Works stated, "The use of copper as the choice for roofing materials will retain the distinct beauty of the County Courthouse, and restore the Old City Hall to its original appearance in a cost effective manner." Commissioner Cassillo continued, "The additional initial cost of the copper roofing materials was far outweighed by the ability to extend the life expectancy of the new roofs to a potential fifty-years." County Executive Steinhaus concluded, "When comparing the long-term costs of copper to alternative roofing materials over the expected 50-year life span of the new roofs, the County will save approximately $185,000 in replacement costs. Therefore, this project makes sense both in terms of historic preservation and in terms of the wise investment of taxpayer dollars."


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