Alfonse M. D'Amato United States Courthouse

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The Alfonse M. D'Amato United States Courthouse is a United States courthouse for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York at 100 Federal Plaza in Central Islip, New York. It is named after the former U.S. Senator Al D'Amato.

The courthouse designed by Richard Meier opened in 2000 and is the third largest federal courthouse in the United States (after the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse and Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse) and the largest building on Long Island outside of New York City.[1] The 12-story building has 870,000 square feet (81,000 m2), 23 courtrooms and 24 judges' chambers.[2]

It is the first federal courthouse on Long Island outside of New York City. It replaced functions leased at six locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.[3]

The building is part of the complexes built on the former 788-acre (3.19 km2) Central Islip Psychiatric Center which was decommissioned in 1996 after its last remaining patients were relocated. Other structures on the grounds include New York Institute of Technology, Bethpage Ballpark (home to the Long Island Ducks), the Touro Law School and the Cohalan County Court Complex for Suffolk County.[4]

Its entrance is via its signature conical drum. Courtrooms have two-story high ceilings and have views of the Great South Bay, Fire Island and the Atlantic Ocean.

D'Amato had helped sponsor legislation to build the courthouse and it was originally named the Long Island U.S. Courthouse. It was renamed for D'Amato in 2002 from a bill by Peter T. King which was supported by Chuck Schumer, who had defeated D'Amato for re-election and succeeded him as Senator. The naming was controversial as D'Amaoto was (and is) still alive.

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Coordinates: 40°45′34″N 73°11′26″W / 40.759574°N 73.190585°W / 40.759574; -73.190585