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December 4th, 2013

Orange County’s 1841 Courthouse Re-opens

Historic building will help alleviate overcrowding at current Orange County Court.
Goshen - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana joined the Hon. Alan Scheinkman, Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, and other judges from the Ninth Judicial District at a ceremony, Tuesday October 15, commemorating the re-opening of the 1841 Courthouse. The Courthouse, located on Main Street in the Village of Goshen, has not heard cases in over forty years, and will immediately begin serving as an additional courthouse for New York State’s Ninth Judicial District.

“The judges, attorneys and citizens who will once again participate in the application of the law- in this very room- will be surrounded by the spirit of fairness and righteousness,” said County Executive Diana. “I wish Judge Scheinkman, and all those serving in the Ninth Judicial District much success here in the 1841 Courthouse, as you continue to resolve disputes between parties, enabling us all to live in a civilized society.”

Judge Scheinkman noted that the 1841 Courthouse will be used as a temporary location for judicial proceedings, but indicated that he would like to see it remain open as a permanent part of the region’s judicial system.

Also joining the ceremony were Orange County District Attorney Francis D. Phillips, Orange County Clerk Donna L. Benson, Orange County Historian Cornelia Bush, as well as Orange County Legislators Jeffrey Berkman, Roseanne Sullivan and Roxanne Donnery.

The 1841 Courthouse was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. In addition to holding judicial proceedings, the 1841 Courthouse is also home to the Orange County Historian’s Office as well as the Orange County Genealogical Society. For more information on the Orange County Historian’s Office please visit

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