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Extra bathroom, exit to be added at Roslyn Harbor Village Hall

Additions to Roslyn Harbor Village Hall will include

Additions to Roslyn Harbor Village Hall will include a third exit, a second bathroom and a conference room. Credit: JC Cherubini

Village officials in Roslyn Harbor are using a state grant to help fund additions to Village Hall that will include a third exit, a second bathroom and a conference room.

The village will fund the project with a $22,500 grant from the New York State Justice Courts Assistance Program. Trustee Sandy Quentzel, who is spearheading the project, said the village is shopping for an architect to design the plans.

Quentzel said the village wants a third exit, in part, because a belligerent resident visited Village Hall earlier this year and blocked an egress lane in the building. Quentzel said the incident got village officials thinking about how and where village justices Charles Parisi and Timothy O’Rourke could safely leave the building in a similar situation.

“We realized that the judge, when he’s in session, has no easy way to exit,” Quentzel said. “We’re trying to get ahead of a potential problem and, this way, he’s not blocked.”

Village officials said the conference room will double as a judge’s private chamber.

Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the New York State Unified Court System, said Roslyn Harbor’s plans fall in line with the intent of the grant.

“The level of justice provided in the town and village courts must be consistent with that dispensed within the state’s higher courts,” he said. “Oftentimes, municipal budgetary constraints may limit what can be spent on these court facilities.”

Since its creation in 1999, the Courts Assistance Program has awarded more than $35 million in funding to help municipalities upgrade their facilities. Courts often use the funds to buy security equipment like magnetometers, video surveillance systems or duress alarms, Chalfen said.

Quentzel said village officials received the grant in February and are required to spend the money within six months. While the village doesn’t have a final renovation cost, Quentzel said the price will be more than the state grant amount. She said construction on the renovations could start in late spring or early summer.

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