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Albany County OKs final courthouse costs

During the second vote, Steck said some legislators were confused about what they were voting on whether it was a motion to dismiss the original vote, or another vote on the proposition.

On the third vote, the measure passed.

Albany County Legislator Carl Zeilman, R-Colonie, said he voted against the bill because he believes he did not have enough information on the project.

Zeilman said he had requested specific information from project coordinators about the original cost of the project and a broken down explanation of all the changes from the originally projected amount. At the time of the vote, Zeilman said he had not received that information and therefore was not prepared to vote on it.

Zeilman also said he believes the project is costing too much.

We're in a time where people are losing jobs and struggling to make ends meet," he said. "We're asking for a lot of money to renovate this building, and this is money we're adding on top of money that was already accrued."

But Steck said that if the legislature did not approve the $11 million to come out of a bond issue, the money would have to come out of the county's expenditure balance and would end up hurting the county.

In the end, the measure was approved up the Legislature with 26 votes.

Steck also said some of the costs of the renovation project were mandated by state regulations, including special equipment that is used when visiting judges come to the county courthouse.

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