The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation requiring redevelopment and reuse of state prison facilities considered for closure.
The legislation (S.7068) requires the Commissioner of Economic Development to issue an adaptive reuse plan for state prison facilities that are scheduled to be shut down.
“For our Upstate communities hosting correctional facilities, be it Ogdensburg, Watertown, Gouverneur or Cape Vincent, the economic impact is very real and surrounding businesses depend on these facilities,” said Sen. Darrel Aubertine, chair of the Senate Upstate Caucus and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.
“The Department of Corrections is not in a position to make economic development decisions. Our priority should be to keep these prisons open, but with this legislation, we are putting the correct agency in place to develop a plan to protect the economic future of our communities before the state can close a prison,” Aubertine said.