December 16, 2013

Lookback: Dec. 16 to 22

25 YEARS — 1988

SUNY Plattsburgh will enact a “wellness conscious” smoking policy that identifies at least one smoking area in each campus building, while hallways, foyers, elevators and lobbies will become non-smoking zones. The policy was unanimously adopted during a College Council meeting, and SUNY Plattsburgh President Charles Warren stressed that the policy is meant to educated the campus community about direct and indirect risks associated with smoking. 

Champlain and Chateaugay are both in the running to secure a new state prison, and both have presented their cases to the New York State Department of Corrections. The communities want a 750-bed medium security prison, and both towns have DOC-approved construction sites. Though Chateaugay has been in line longer than Champlain, DOC officials say the people of Champlain should be optimistic. 

Three Essex County officials spent almost $7,000 at a National Association of Counties Organization conference in Anaheim, Calif., more than seven Franklin County legislators have spent attending other conferences during the past two years. The Franklin County legislators spent $2,828.34 during the past 22 months for meals, lodging and conference fees. Clinton County has a strict budget for travel costs.

Emergency telephones on the Northway were to be in operation by November but the installation date has been pushed to Jan. 30. The 64 solar-powered phones will be placed every two miles on both north and southbound lanes from Pottersville to Peru and they will withstand temperatures to 40 degrees below zero. 

50 YEARS — 1963

Clinton Prison farms won an award at Cornell University for producing the most milk of any penal institution in the state for the year, about 1,500 pounds. Though it’s not the largest state institution farm, 28 inmates work 12 hours a day at the barns and eat all their meals at a mess hall beneath the stables. Farm jobs are popular as the inmates aren’t confined within the walls of the prison and the food is better as they do hard physical work. 

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