Resident rallies to save OC government center

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An Orange County resident is trying to rally support to save the Orange County Government Center. The building has been closed for more than a month after it sustained damaged from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

"This building is very important," said Nancy Kearing. "It's a wonderful building. Every time I walk in the door I get very excited because the space is so awesome. It's different, it's unique; there is nothing like it."

Last month, News 12 Hudson Valley toured the building with County Executive Ed Diana, who pointed out trouble spots like mold growing on some books, chairs, walls and ceilings. Diana has been pushing to tear the building down and build a new government center.

Despite the damage, the World Monuments Fund has just put the building on their 2012 watch list. The World Monuments Fund is dedicated to preserving important architecture. The building is one of 67 sites from 41 counties and territories they say are worth saving.

Whether or not the government center will stand is in the hands of the county Legislature, who will have to vote on whether or not it should be repaired or replaced.

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