Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommends closing two state prisons in his executive budget proposal, but facilities in central and western New York won't be affected.
Cuomo wants to close Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan and Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. According to the governor's proposed budget, these two prisons are the least efficient of the facilities operated by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Bayview has been vacant since Hurricane Sandy hit New York. The prison was evacuated before the storm hit. According to the budget proposal, the total staff cost per inmate at Bayview is $74,385. The total staff cost at Beacon is $69,863.
The executive budget projects the state will save $18.7 million in 2013-14 if the two prisons are closed. That figure will increase to $62.1 million next fiscal year. (The increase includes funds from the sale of Bayview Correctional Facility.)
Cuomo is hoping to close Bayview and Beacon with 60 days notice, but he will need legislation in order to shut down the facilities in that time period. Right now, there is a one-year notification requirement to close prisons.
In 2011, Cuomo proposed closing seven state prisons. Most of the prisons shut down two years ago were in upstate New York, including Oneida Correctional Facility in Oneida County and Camp Georgetown in Madison County.
The two facilities in Cayuga County -- Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility -- will remain open and won't be impacted by this proposal.