The Alfonse D’Amato United States Courthouse is located in Central Islip, in the same building development that houses the John P. Cohalan Court Complex. The official address of the court is 290 Federal Plaza, Central Islip.
The Courthouse is named for former United States Senator Alphonse D’Amato, who sponsored the legislation authorizing its construction. The building, which was designed by Richard Meier, opened in 2000. The 12 story building’s 870,00 square feet makes it the largest non- New York City building on Long Island. It is the third largest federal courthouse in the country.
The first time I entered the building I was struck by the austere and imposing architecture. After September 11 the increased security and cement barriers made it seem downright Soviet.
There are 23 Courtrooms and 24 judge’s chambers, as well as countless offices for the ?United States Attorney, The U.S. Probation Department, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and other federal agencies.
For a while, the New York State Supreme Court was renting out some courtrooms that were unused.
If you have business at this courthouse, be aware that cell phones are not permitted in the building, so leave yours in the car.
The courthouse is located at the intersection of Exit 43A of The Southern State Parkway and Carleton Avenue, in Central Islip.
Please keep in mind that nothing contained in this article should be construed as legal advice.