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Clinton Correctional Facility
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State and local officials, union leaders and employees are hoping to stop a state decision to close the Clinton Annex prison in Dannemora, New York. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at a rally Saturday as closure by the end of March looms.

Part of the Annex at Clinton Correctional
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Watertown and Gowanda Correctional facilities and the Clinton Annex, a part of the Clinton Correctional Facility, will be closed by March 30st , 2021. Officials in the North Country are upset by the decision.

Part of the Annex at Clinton Correctional
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North Country representatives are criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to close three state prisons, including one in Dannemora and another in Watertown.

An outer wall at Clinton Correctional, one of the largest prisons in New York state
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The New York state budget passed first thing Monday includes a proposal to close two or three prison facilities. The idea is not sitting well in the North Country, which has seen facilities shuttered in the past.

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NOTE: This article has been updated to include a statement from the New York State Department of Correction and Community Services. The original audio has been removed.

Republican New York state lawmakers gathered with union members outside the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County Wednesday to announce legislation to halt the closure of prisons throughout the state.

Pat Arnow

Governor Cuomo recently announced that he would close several more state prisons, using provisions of a law that allows him to bypass the legislature.  It’s part of a pattern of government consolidation that the governor has been quietly pursuing since he took office.

Prison Closure Announcement Rankles Guard Union

Jul 29, 2013
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Correction officers say they are still in “shock” that late on a July Friday, with very little advance warning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s prison agency announced the closure of four prisons within the next year. And they are asking the legislature to rescind the closures.

Governor Cuomo Proposes Two Prison Closures

Jan 23, 2013
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In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget, he recommends closing two prisons in New York. One is in Dutchess County. Governor Cuomo proposed closing two of the least efficient prison facilities in the state. One is Bayview in Manhattan. The other is the Beacon Correctional Facility, a female, minimum-security prison, which he says has a 53-percent vacancy rate.

He said closing the two facilities will impact 273 positions, all of which can be absorbed in the current system.