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The plan could mothball as many as six minimum security prisons while also protecting upstate communities from job losses.

Republican Senate develops new prison closure plan

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Republicans in the state Senate say they've developed their own plan for downsizing New York's prison system. Senate majority leader Dean Skelos says the plan could mothball as may as six minimum security prisons while also protecting upstate communities from job losses.

Skelos was scheduled to present the package to Governor Cuomo yesterday but he declined to release details. He did say that the plan would include cuts to prisons in New York City and would eliminate either five or six correctional facilities.

Governor Cuomo has asked the legislature to approve cutting roughly 3,500 prison beds in the system, without specifying which facilities would close. The state is also offering up to a $100 million to help prison towns recover if their facilities are closed.

Republicans worry that most of the closures could come in Upstate communities, including towns here in the North Country. According to the Politics On the Hudson Blog, Skelos said the Senate plan would target prisons for closure "in both Republican and Democrat districts."

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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