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County Courthouse Steps Dedicated to Former Sheriff’s of Cortland County


This past Friday afternoon, representatives from the Cortland County Legislature, City of Cortland, area law enforcement agencies, and members of the public attended the official ceremony of the opening and dedication of the main steps to the Cortland County Courthouse.

The process on the steps reopening began almost a year ago on May 5th, when an official groundbreaking ceremony took place on the start of the restoration process of not only the main steps, but the dome and cupola, and the courthouses HVAC system.

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During the ceremony, it was revealed the restored steps have been dedicated to the memory and service of three past Sheriff’s of Cortland County: Kenneth McEvoy (‘61-’78), Duane Whiteman (‘79-’99), and Lee Price (‘00-’15).

The families of each previous sheriff thanked and recognized the dedication of the steps to their honor and told how it reflected the dedication, commitment and integrity each of the three Sheriff’s has when serving Cortland County.

Funding for the restoration of the Courthouse Building came in part from Assemblymember Anna Kelles, who spoke during the ceremony noting she was determined to receive funding after showing the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl Heastie, the closed off steps. In the end, funding was secured with $2.4 million towards exterior improvements and an additional $2.7 million for interior improvements, including an HVAC system.

Cortland County Legislative Chairman, Kevin Fitch also noted during the event the section of the steps with the handrail are heated to allow ease of access in any type of weather.

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