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Greene County Jail opening delayed

Jun 20, 2021 6:00 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media construction changes mandated by the state of New York have pushed back the opening date for the new Greene County Jail in Coxsackie. The state Commission of Correction recently retracted some of its approvals on the project. “There were a couple of things they wanted [to be] changed...,” Greene County Legislature Chair Patrick Linger said. It is unclear how much the delay will cost the county because the Commission of Correction has not made its list of change orders final, Linger said. “We’re not even sure how much they want us to do or what they want us to do,” Linger said on June 18. County officials are uncertain how long the opening will be on hold because there is a delay in the procurement of materials as well. Among the issues cited by the state was an area of fencing on the perimeter of the grounds. A final decision has not been reached on how to address the fencing issue, but the county will likely put up some sort of barrier around the chain-link fence, Linger said. There are also staffing issues at the jail, Greene County Legislator Charles Martinez said last week. “We are short on corrections officers — we have 27 and we need 30,” he said. “We are looking to hire people, but they have to be on the civil service list...” It is unclear at this time when the facility will open its doors to house the incarcerated. Most of the administrative operations formerly housed at 370 Mansion Street in West Coxsackie have been moved to the new jail building. About 75 percent of the staff was able to move into that building about one month ago, Linger said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.