NYSCOPBA's Rowe not happy with Cuomo's decision to close prisons

2013-01-23T00:41:00Z NYSCOPBA's Rowe not happy with Cuomo's decision to close prisonsRobert Harding Auburn Citizen
January 23, 2013 12:41 am  • 

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. 

NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe's response by robertharding22

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    jasonweese - January 24, 2013 4:41 am
    We've been shuting down schools for the past five years...I think its time the Prison Industrial Complex made some shared sacrifices. I've seen these guys "in action" most spend the majority of their days half asleep at a booth...we shouldn't be supporting their lifestyles nor those that they're babysitting...many of these folks are in for drug charges and we cant afford to house them anymore...nor should we have take their freedom for what was an obvious healthcare issue in the first place.
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