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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

Chateaugay prison closure will hurt local business, town supervisor says

The town of Chateaugay in northern Franklin County is still reeling from news that their local correctional facility will close in July of this year. That news was confirmed last week in the budget deal hammered out in Albany.

Don Bilow, Chateaugay town supervisor, says the prison closure will hurt the community's wider business community.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

"I am afraid for our local businesses, corrections officers and employees do shop here, they buy their gas, food, other items, and I am sure every business in town is going to be hurt. I have heard from one lady who has a sandwich shop, or deli, and she said like 25 percent of her business was delivering meals and such to the Chateaugay facility and that's all gone now."

Bilow says people are angry and disappointed that the prison, one of the newest in New York state, was mothballed despite a campaign that began last summer. The closure will directly affect roughly 110 jobs.

"The mood is somber, especially among the families who are dependent on these jobs. We had one lady who's really worked her tail off to help us try and save this and she is devastated. She works at the facility and she is going to have to travel hours for another job now," says Bilow.

The community will qualify for grants and tax breaks to help attract a buyer for the prison.

But local leaders say replacing those high-paying state jobs won't be easy for the small farming town.

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