Greene County Jail to be finalized May 29
May 23, 2019 12:59 am
Sarah Trafton reports in Columbia-Greene Media that while Greene County Legislators are set to build a new jail in Coxsackie with a ground-breaking next month, others locally and around the state continue to clamor to stop the most expensive building project in Greene County history. Brooklyn Assemblyperson Joseph Lentol, who chairs the Codes Committee in Albany, said he would sponsor a bill to further allow counties to share jail services. “I think it’s something that’s necessary,” he said. “We don’t need to be building jails necessarily in every county. We could have a regional jail to serve two counties.” Currently Greene County is sharing jail services with Albany and Columbia counties, so sharing jail services is clearly not illegal in New York as some Greene County Legislators have claimed. Still, Lentol said he would introduce a bill explicitly allowing shared jail services either this week or next week. But that will be too late to satisfy Greene County Legislators set on building the new jail. They have set an artificial deadline of May 28, with a special meeting planned May 29 where they will vote to continue with the project, with groundbreaking in a few weeks. Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo May 16 saying, “We are seeking your express support for this Legislative amendment(s) in order to avoid groundbreaking and issuance of final bonds.... As Greene County is about to break ground, your express support for such amendment(s), writing, is required no later than May 28, as contracts are being signed as this letter is being drafted.” Read the rest of this story at HudsonValley360.com.