In his executive budget released Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed closing two state prisons -- a decision that doesn't sit well with the head of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe slammed the decision and said the closures will impact 160 of the group's members.
"Governor Cuomo has, once again, decided to balance the budget on the backs of some of the hardest working New Yorkers. It is a profoundly disappointing decision," Rowe said in a news release. "New York's correction officers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the state -- jobs that were made more dangerous by the budgetary decisions of this administration just two years ago. Now, the governor is looking for even more sacrifice from a group that has already given more than their fair share."
Cuomo proposed closing Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan and Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. The closures will save the state $18.7 million this year and $62.1 million next year.
This is the second time Cuomo has proposed closing prisons. Two years ago, the state shut down seven prisons -- five in upstate New York and two in the New York City area.