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NYS Governor Cuomo: Keep Oneida Correctional Facility open

NY Governor Cuomo wants to close Oneida Correctional Facility located in Rome, NY. Oneida Correctional is located in a small upstate NY city that can not afford another economic slam to their community. The city of Rome and Oneida County has lost many high paying employers, Griffiss Air Force Base, Rite Aid Distribution Center, Home Depot, ConMed and Rome Wire Mill. Many businesses are struggling and many more will close. This facility is at 80% capacity, contains the central pharmacy, state FPC and long term protective custody unit. This facility also holds the infirmary for both Oneida and Mohawk.  It is also the receiving facility for all inmates coming into the hub.  How is having to rebuild these two things in another facility actually saving tax payer money???  We still have to pay for inmates regardless of what facility they are in.  Also Oneida shares water and sewer with Mohawk as well as a shared power source.  What about all fiber optic cable that was just run?   What about all of the improvements to the facility over the past couple of years; ones that are still ongoing? What about the Oneida CERT team that protected our state capital after 9/11 and came to rescue to help out Mohawk when they has a riot? Oneida and Mohawk both sit on properties that the state owns free and clear, but yet is willing to pay to lease land that numerous other facilities are located on.  The closing of this facility would not only impact the city of Rome but numerous surrounding small communities as well. Closing this facility will not save any tax payer money or state money. Odds are it will cost the state money. Oneida Correctional needs to remain open in order to provide ecomonic stability in an area that is already in economic jeopardy. Please withdraw the order to close this facility.

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