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January 28, 2010

Rally whoops up support for Moriah Shock

Hundreds gather in favor of Moriah Shock Facility

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PORT HENRY — A support rally for the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility drew hundreds of people and dozens of pledges to fight to keep the local shock camp open.

Speaker after speaker Thursday night pledged to fight Gov. David Paterson's plan to shutter Moriah Shock in 2011.

The rally at the Knights of Columbus hall in Port Henry drew more than 200 people, many wearing yellow "Help Save Shock - We All Benefit" T-shirts.

There was thunderous applause and even standing ovations as local and state elected representatives joined workers at Moriah Shock to voice their displeasure with the governor's plan.

PRESSING PATERSON

Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said he and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) had a personal meeting with Paterson when the governor was in Crown Point on Wednesday. Paterson came up to announce the new Crown Point Ferry will open late Sunday and be available for commuters Monday morning.

"I feel we can stop the closure of Moriah Shock," Scozzafava said. "Are we angry? You can bet we're angry. But we can fight this with facts."

He said statistics compiled by the state show millions of dollars in savings on housing because shock inmates get out earlier and are less likely to re-offend than regular prisoners.

Douglas said he was joining the fight to keep Moriah Shock open.

"The governor's decision to close Moriah Shock must be overturned. He (Paterson) assured us he will take another look at his decision."

TOUGH FIGHT

Dale Johnson is a cook at Moriah Shock and president of the Civil Service Employees Association local chapter there.

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