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Spring 2012, President Mulhall.

posted Mar 21, 2012, 11:41 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jun 6, 2012, 7:09 AM ]
Q.  When is a courthouse not a courthouse?
A.  When that courthouse is 130 Stuyvesant Place.

Secure Pass ID cards are supposed to "allow holders to enter New York State courthouses without having to pass through magnetometers".  The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the agency which provides security for 130 Stuyvesant Place, believes that 130 Stuyvesant Place is not a "court facility" and, therefore, does not allow the holders of Secure Pass ID cards to enter 130 Stuyvesant Place without passing through magnetometers.  Ron Younkins, the Chief of Operations for OCA, has assured us that the City of New York has recognized 130 Stuyvesant Place as a "court facility" since Mayor Guiliani but DCAS apparently did not get the memo.  Andre Brown, the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Security for DCAS, sent us a February 8, 2012 letter informing us that he was reviewing the issue.  Upon calling Andre Brown on March 8, 2012,  we were informed that he wanted to come to !30 Stuyvesant Place to observe the use of magnetometers there firsthand.  I invited Andre Brown to lunch when he comes to 130 Stuyvesant Place.  Perhaps the issue of the use Secure Pass ID cards at 130 Stuyvesant Place can be resolved in a restaurant rather than in a courthouse.  If it can't, then the issue will be resolved in a courthouse...perhaps the "court facility" at 130 Stuyvesant Place!