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Community leaders met this week in Chateaugay to begin their fight to save the state correctional facility. Photo: Brian Mann
Community leaders met this week in Chateaugay to begin their fight to save the state correctional facility. Photo: Brian Mann

Chateaugay tries to save its prison

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Local leaders and activists met yesterday in Chateaugay in northern Franklin County to talk about ways to save the state correctional facility -- which is now slated to close next year.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Donald Bilow is town supervisor in Chateaugay.

"It’s going to leave a void as far as the number of jobs we have here. It’s a major employer. We have McCadam Cheese and most of the other major employers are a few stores in town, the prisons and the school. This is a big chunk."

State officials say roughly 110 jobs will be relocated — though the Department of Correctional Services says there will be no lay-offs. 

Brenda Brue, who works as a nurse at the prison, says she might have to work outside the community if her job at the local prison is eliminated.

"I’ve worked for a long time to get to the position where I am now. It’s like you’re starting back over, right from scratch. It’s going to be very hard."

Locals plan to hold a rally in support of Chateaugay Correctional Facility early next month.

The state of New York says the tight budget and declining inmate populations have made the closure necessary.  Mt. McGregor correctional facility in Saratoga County is also slated to close next year.

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