Fighting for Mount McGregor |

Fighting for Mount McGregor

WNYT Staff
Created: January 29, 2014 09:46 AM

MOREAU - Over 300 corrections officers and staff say their jobs are on the line in Saratoga County.

They're protesting in Albany on Wednesday at the State Capital complex urging Governor Cuomo and lawmakers to keep the Mount McGregor correctional facility open.

Mount McGregor is a medium security prison in Moreau, slated to close on July 26.

Union members and legislators will speak out at a "Save our Services" event on Wednesday.

Union members from the New York State Corrections Officers Benevolent Association and the Public Employees Federation will be at the legislative office building to protest the looming closure of the facility.

The groups also hope to speak with Governor Cuomo and his staff, to ask them to re-think the closure.

Senator Kathy Marchione will join the unions to talk about her strong support for keeping Mount McGregor open as a correctional facility.

An article, published in September, by our partners at the Post Star says the nearly 320 employees at Mount McGregor will be transferred to other facilities, with no layoffs.

That information comes from the Department of Corrections.

The article also quotes Moreau Supervisor, Preston Jenkins, saying the jail will close on the 26 and quote "there is no way it is going to stay open."

At the end of December, the Moreau Town Board voted, narrowly, to turn the facility into a gambling casino resort.

The union members and others involved say they are going to continue their fight until the very end.

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