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Tague, other Assembly Republicans, protest possible prison closures

Feb 01, 2024 12:59 am

New York State of Politics reports that New York Assembly Republicans spoke out Jan. 31 at the state Capitol against the possibility of five prison closures in the state this year. Gov. Kathy Hochul's new budget proposal would allow the state to close up to five correctional facilities with 90 days notice. Republican Assemblyperson Chris Tague, who represents Greene and Schoharie counties, said. "These proposed actions will only worsen the safety and security of our communities, other inmates, corrections and civilian employees that work and live within our prison system." The closures could also save $77 million in the 2025 fiscal year and $128 million the following year, according to the state Division of Budget. State officials say that since there are fewer prisoners now, they need fewer prisons. But that means fewer jobs. Randi DiAntonio, vice president of the New York State Public Employees Federation, said, "Staffing is a problem in every agency across the state, but instead of proposing closures, why don't we propose ways to bolster recruitments and retention?" Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.