State troopers in Endwell won't receive an eviction notice from the town of Union. They'll be able to remain in the building they've used for about a quarter-century.

Some Endwell residents and business operators were worried the New York State Police station would be moving from a town-owned office building on East Main Street.

A letter from a town attorney delivered to state police in February suggested April 18 was the last day of the current lease.

Town supervisor Richard Materese acknowledged the tone of the message was harsh. On Monday, Materese made clear the troopers won't have to leave the site.

A sign in front of the Endwell state police station on February 21, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A sign in front of the Endwell state police station on February 21, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Town representatives have been having discussions with state police about the station's future over the past several weeks. Materese indicated a plan is being developed for the future of the Endwell station.

The town supervisor would not discuss specifics but people familiar with the matter say the state police are expected to use the lower level of the building. Two existing garages at the site would be converted to office use. A new garage would be constructed to enable state police to store a vehicle at the site if it needed to be secured for evidence.

Measures would be taken to flood-proof the lower portion of the structure. The changes would clear the way for the town court to return to the building. That move would save the town about $50,000 a year which is being paid to house the court in the Johnson City Justice Building.

The town board on Wednesday is expected to consider paying Highland Associates $6,500 for design work for changes to accommodate the state police station. Money for that contract would come from American Rescue Plan Act funds the town is receiving from the federal government.

A state police spokeswoman referred a request for comment to the town. Deputy town attorney Rosemarie Pope, who wrote the lease warning letter to the state police Troop C commander, did not return a call seeking comment.

2022.02.16 UNION-NYSP
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