Prisoners don’t need more perks in NY, says Potsdam man
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:23 am

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Gov. Cuomo’s proposition that we the taxpayers of NYS pay to give college education to prison inmates. Anyone who in any way shape or form contributes to the economy should be absolutely appalled at this proposal.

It infuriates me that I am a law-abiding citizen who has to pay my college bills for several years to come, due to the fact that I am successful. If I had only known, I would have robbed a bank upon graduating from high school.

In doing so, my health care would have been paid for, I’d never have had to work or pay bills and when all was said and done I wouldn’t have any college bills remaining.

If you are incarcerated in the New York this means you have screwed up several times and no doubt victimized others over and over again. Cuomo is so fast to cut teachers and education payments to schools throughout New York, but wants to give these criminals a free ride.

If Cuomo wanted to really do something productive he would find a way to trim the $60,000 per year we spend on housing the criminals of NYS, and I don’t mean by cutting correction officers wages.

Let’s reform the prison system so that it is actually a punishment and people do not want to repeat; the reason we have such a high rate of people going back to prison is because they have it too good.

Somewhere along the way New York took away the rights of the victims and gave them to the criminals.

Remember what you are voting for when election year comes around and realize that Cuomo cares little about the North Country and is just trying to promote the liberal New York City agenda.

Jay Fiera

Potsdam