County May Restore Harvey Justice Building

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 11, 2006 at 11:56 PM EDT

New York's Preservation League put the building on its list of Seven to Save in 2006.

The league says the historic downtown building is threatened, because it is deteriorating as it sits empty.

Next week, the Broome County legislature will vote on whether to renovate the building.

It would use $17 million from the last payment on the tobacco settlement.

"I am hopeful that they will approve this project. And like I said, we have to spend five percent of the tobacco money by the end of May," said Fiala.

The Harvey Justice Building was built in 1939.

Fiala proposed using it for court offices and central booking.

She says it could save the county $500,000 per year.

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