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$300K: NY's Bill For Damages Caused By Escaped Prisoners

Mug shots of Richard Matt and David Sweat

New York state is spending $300,000 to fix the damage caused by two convicted killers who broke out of a maximum-security prison last month. The work involves repairs to pipes, walls and fences at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

The state hired Adirondack Mechanical Services to do the work. The office of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli confirmed Wednesday that the contract has been approved.

Authorities say Richard Matt and David Sweat used tools to cut through walls and into pipes to make their escape in early June. The men spent three weeks on the run.

Matt was killed June 26. Sweat was captured June 28 after being shot by a trooper near the Canadian border. He was treated at Albany Medical Center before being moved to a different maximum-security prison.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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