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It would be devastating to our town and throughout Franklin County. It would have a ripple effect.

Updated: Will the new state budget whack a North Country prison?

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Update 10 am: The state correctional facility in Chateaugay won't be closed under a budget deal being finalized in Albany. That's according to Dan Macentee, spokesman for state Senator Betty Little. Latest details of this breaking story.



It remains unclear this morning whether the budget deal now being finalized in Albany will affect a North Country prison.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders unveiled a broad outline of the spending plan last night, without offering specifics.

Democratic lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly have proposed cutting funding for the state correctional facility in Chateaugay in northern Franklin County.

That differs from Cuomo's executive budget proposal, which targeted prisons in Manhattan and in Dutchess County.

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Brian Mann
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State Senator Betty Little told North Country Public Radio earlier this week that she's working to remove cuts to the Chateaugay facility from any final spending plan.

"We're hoping not to have any prisons close in the North Country. The Democrat Senate minority has targeted the prison at Chateaugay," Sen. Little said. "We're hoping to counteract that."

Franklin County legislature chairman Billy Jones, who also works as a corrections officer, says keeping the prison open is a top priority.

"There's 114 people employed there and it would be devastating to our town and throughout Franklin County. It would have a ripple effect," Jones said.

"We want to try to keep it and we have confidence in our area state leaders and we're pretty confident that it will stay open. But obviously if it closed it would have a big impact on our economy and our town and our county."

County lawmakers plan to discuss the possibility of a prison closure when they meet this morning at 9 am in Malone.

 

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