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Correction officers union to rally on Jan. 29

2014-01-03T17:00:00Z 2014-03-19T13:05:41Z Correction officers union to rally on Jan. 29MAURY THOMPSON -- Thompson@PostStar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
January 03, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

Labor unions and legislators are keeping up their push to keep Mount McGregor Correctional Facility open, even as Moreau town officials have proposed redeveloping the facility for a gambling casino resort.

“That’s their prerogative and that’s their business. But I don’t look at any of this as a done deal, as of yet,” said Donn Rowe, president of New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents correction officers.

The Moreau Town Board on Monday voted 3-2 to recommend the Mount McGregor property — located in Moreau, Wilton and Corinth — as a site for a casino.

“The facts are it’s closing July 26. ... There’s no way it’s going to stay open,” said Moreau Supervisor Preston Jenkins on Thursday in a telephone interview.

But Rowe and others said they’ll continue their fight, at least through the upcoming legislative session.

The union will join the Public Employees Federation, another state government employees union, in a “union solidarity” rally

Jan. 29 at the state Capitol in Albany to protest proposed closure of prisons and facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

“We’re hoping to have a conversation with him (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) and his staff about rethinking the closures,” Rowe said.

In July 2013, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced plans to close Mount McGregor, a medium-security prison, and three other correctional facilities in July 2014.

The Chateguay medium-security prison in Franklin County, Butler medium-security prison in Wayne County and Monterey shock incarceration facility in Schuyler County also are set to close.

State Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, said she, too, hasn’t given up on keeping the prison open.

Marchione said legislation she introduced in September to require approval of the Legislature of any prison closure plan now has 10 Senate co-sponsors, including two Democrats: Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye, and Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg.

Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libuous, R-Binghamton, is another co-sponsor.

Marchione said the Legislature should have a voice on prison closures, not just the governor and his administration.

“Everything shouldn’t be left to the governor. So it’s a change in law,” she said

The only clout state legislators have now is through the state budget process, said Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, another co-sponsor.

Marchione said she will continue to push the legislation, even if Mount McGregor closes.

“I’m hoping that it would be able to stop it, slow it down or postpone it,” she said Friday in a telephone interview. “But if it can’t, I think it should be looked at and voted on anyway, because there will be another one coming down the road similar to this.”

Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson said it’s wise for officials to consider reuse proposals, but they must still push to keep the prison open.

Johnson said he has asked the Association of Towns to join the effort to keep the prison open.

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  1. boater_1
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    boater_1 - January 05, 2014 10:07 pm

    Sadly, you identify yourself as 1 of too many who doesn't understand very much. The LOSS of pub. sector OR pvt. sector jobs feeds several things - GREATER JOB LOSS is # 1!

    E.g., those GE workers SPENT & pd. sales taxes in stores (& they made 60ish thou a yr. - a living - NOT a fortune). GE CEO, Jeff Immelt, made 25 million in 2012 - got millions more in Bush II/GOP fed inc. tax cuts & doesn't need to SPEND much of his income to support a grandiose lifestyle.

    GE abandons FE to head to FL where the cost of living IS less... as are wages. That's in pt. attributable to the LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING TYPICAL IN RED (GOP) STATES.

    There would be no mkt. for illegal drugs & THEREFORE NO producer/sellers IF some weren't SPENDING to get them. It's about $. The system's CORRUPTED - massive rewards for the privileged; yet, many struggle to get by.

    A MAJOR cause - well-meaning folks who just lack understanding. You'd make that list.

    I redundantly offer to meet in CIVILITY w/ ALL!
  2. MattyB
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    MattyB - January 05, 2014 10:58 am
    In glad there shutting this prison down. Now if we can get rid of the new one in HF we'd be all set. Ever since they built that new one the cancer that had lived there is taking up residency in the surrounding towns when they get out.
  3. WT
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    WT - January 05, 2014 4:44 am
    I meant to say, "52 Sheriffs stated they would NOT enforce the law....."
  4. WT
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    WT - January 04, 2014 4:46 pm
    I think Cuomo is punishing upstate over the uproar, and his dramatic loss of popularity, after he rammed his Gun Control Law down our throats. When 52 elected Sheriffs stated they would enforce the law, it was downhill for the Governor from there. He knows the bad press he received probably ruined any chance of him being President. Now the vindictive side of his personality is showing as this is not the only move he has made which detracts from upstate.
  5. heifergro
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    heifergro - January 03, 2014 8:18 pm
    we have to cut taxes if this state is going to survive . if we cut enough state jobs. private employer jobs will come. industry looks at three things when they decide to put in a new plant
    taxes energy and labor its that simple just look at what is going on right now the industrings that are leaving because of the high taxes high energy cost and labor that has to make higher
    pay to live here talk to your supervisors and tell them not to raise taxes and cut the spendings
  6. Maries
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    Maries - January 03, 2014 5:48 pm
    Everyone complains about high taxes in NY. We're told no one will lose their job, the taxpayers will save millions and the land can be re-developed and return to the tax rolls.

    Marchione's campaign platform was to cut state spending. She just didn't mean cutting spending in her district.


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