CHATEAUGAY — The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision plans to close Chateaugay Correctional Facility next year as it continues to “right-size” the prison system.
The state said shuttering four prisons will save taxpayers more than $30 million.
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Chateaugay employs 111 people and incarcerates 234 inmates, all technical parole violators with short holds, according to a release from the Department of Corrections.
The prison’s capacity is 240 inmates.
The Chateaugay prison had been cut in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget in January, but funding for it was returned through the Assembly’s spending plan.
Reached on Friday, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) said the plan to eliminate the prisons came out of “no place.
“I certainly am very concerned,” she told the Press-Republican.
“The first word I had of it was a call from the Governor’s Office today. They are giving the required one-year notice.”
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) was also caught unawares by the news.
“I’m working on gaining more details and what can be done to prevent the closure (of Chateaugay),” she said in a statement.
“Other regions of the state not only have a better capacity to absorb the economic impact of a closure, but the real estate is of much higher value.
“Camp Gabriels, abandoned in 2009, still sits mothballed. And the 27-acre Lyon Mountain property just sold at auction to the lone bidder for the asking price of $140,000.”
New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPA) President Donn Rowe told the Press-Republican that the union will push back.
“I don’t think anybody saw it coming. Certainly, we’re going to push back on the governor and ask legislators and friends of ours to join us,” he said in an interview.