Lawmakers, staff rally against proposed prison closures
Elected officials and corrections workers rallied in Albany against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal to close five upstate prisons.
Assemblyman Chris Tague, of Schoharie, and other Assembly Republicans came to the state Capitol on Wednesday to protest the plan.
One of the prisons considered for closure is the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock in Washington County.
Tague said while the closures might save money, it will cost the safety of the public. It would also cost many people their jobs.
Tague argues the closures would put more violent offenders together in fewer prisons, rather than giving corrections officers the support they need.