October 3, 2013

Rally for Chateaugay prison set


---- — CHATEAUGAY — A rally to save Chateaugay Correctional Facility is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Chateaugay Rec Park.

The prison is scheduled to close July 26, 2014.

The facility employs 111 people with a payroll of $7.8 million a year.

Franklin County Legislature Chairman D. Billy Jones said state closure of the prison would have far-reaching results, including the loss of $53,000 in annual revenue for the wastewater treatment facility in the Village of Chateaugay, which would increase sewer fees by $135 a year for residents.

It would also mean a sustainable loss of business in Chateaugay and the region in the coming years, he said.

“The potential resale of this facility is very limited, which has already been proven in this region with the recent correctional facility closures in Lyon Mountain and Camp Gabriels,” Jones said in a news release.

The rally is planned by the Chateaugay Prison Closure Committee to “heighten the awareness and the repercussions of closing the facility to the entire region, as it will affect businesses, school districts and property value for years to come.”

The rally will start at 11:30 a.m. with a performance of “the Star Spangled Banner” and then introductions by Jones.

Speakers will include Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru), Chateaugay Mayor Jason LaPlante and prison union officials.

Free hotdogs, hamburgs, T-shirts and entertainment are planned.