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Chateaugay Correctional Facility, source of 110 jobs in northern Franklin County, is slated to close in July.  File photo.  Brian Mann
Chateaugay Correctional Facility, source of 110 jobs in northern Franklin County, is slated to close in July. File photo. Brian Mann

Budget deal closes two North Country prisons

A budget deal worked out over the weekend appears to lock in plans to mothball two North Country prisons, including facilities in Chateuagay in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County.

According to a report in the Auburn Citizen newspaper, a total of four prisons statewide will be closed in July.

Prison guards and local officials from the North Country rallied earlier this month in Albany, demanding that Governor Cuomo keep at least some of the correctional facilities open.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

A budget deal worked out over the weekend appears to lock in plans to mothball two North Country prisons, including facilities in Chateuagay in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County.
 
According to a report in the Auburn Citizen newspaper, a total of four prisons statewide will be closed.

Prison guards and local officials from the North Country rallied earlier this month in Albany, demanding that Governor Cuomo keep at least some of the correctional facilities open.

The Auburn Citizen reports that all four properties will be designated as "tax-free" zones in the Start-Up New York program in an effort to spur redevelopment.

Community leaders in northern Franklin County have said that the loss of 110 high-paying state jobs will be nearly impossible to replace.  

The spending plan agreed to in Albany also allocates money to review the sentencing of sixteen and seventeen year old to serve time in adult prisons.

Governor Cuomo is calling for younger inmates to be diverted to juvenile detention centers or alternative treatment programs.

Coming up during the 8 O'clock Hour, we'll have a reporter round-table on the future of the North Country's prison industry and we'll talk about Governor Cuomo's prison reform initiatives.

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