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Prison guard union campaigns to keep North Country prisons open

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The union representing New York State corrections officers launched what it calls an "aggressive" campaign yesterday designed to save three prisons in the North Country. The corrections facilities in Ogdensburg, Moriah and Lyon Mountain are on a list of four state prisons Governor David Paterson wants to close. He says this is needed to shrink the state's $8.2 billion deficit.

NYSCOPBA unveiled its new ad campaign targeting Paterson's cost-cutting plan. Donn Rowe, who heads the guard union, calls the budget "shortsighted." Speaking with Jonathan Brown, Rowe suggested state officials are painting an inaccurate picture of what's happening behind prison walls.

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