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Van Slyke says 'no' to new public safety complex

Jul 01, 2015 6:50 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="236"] The existing Greene County Jail
located in Catskill.
(Photo by Jimmy Emerson from Flickr.)[/caption]

Jim Planck is reporting in The Daily Mail Greene County Legislator Jim Van Slyke, has announced he fully supports the plan to build a new county jail in Coxsackie, but he opposes the idea of moving the county’s emergency center from Cairo to Coxsackie. The New Baltimore Democrat, who is on the county task force for the jail project, made the comments during a recent town board meeting. Van Slyke said there is a desire among county officials to relocate the emergency response center and the sheriff's office. “I’m not voting for anything other than building a jail,” he said. At its June 17 meeting, the Greene County Legislature established a $150,000 capital fund for the project and voted to retain RicciGreene Association of New York City to conduct a needs assessment. The resolution specifically referenced the possibility of relocating several public safety departments to the Coxsackie site. Van Slyke told constituents no cost estimates are yet available for the project. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has transferred 50-plus acres located on Route 9W in Coxsackie to the county for the purpose of constructing a new county jail. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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