The Southern District Bankruptcy Court at One Bowling Green, which was closed after lower Manhattan was flooded in Hurricane Sandy, reopened yesterday. The court continued to operate while its building was closed, holding proceedings in the Southern District’s White Plains courthouse and in the Eastern District in Brooklyn. Some attorneys and judges also held proceedings remotely.
Court clerk Vito Genna said the court has been able to operate smoothly because it went into the Oct. 29 storm with a detailed continuation of operations plan. It was able to operate as early as Oct. 31.
Deputy chief clerk Una O’Boyle also credited the Eastern District for accommodating the needs of the displaced Manhattan court. “Our colleagues in the Eastern District bankruptcy court bent over backwards,” she said. “We just continued operations because of it.”
Genna said the court was mostly back to normal. He said yesterday that the court’s computer operations still needed to be transferred back to Manhattan from an emergency backup system in Virginia. “It should be seamless,” he said. Genna also said there was no significant damage to the court building, though there was still some water in the basement to be removed. “We’re lucky because it didn’t flood as much as other buildings in the area,” he said.