The medium security prison located in Sonyea currently houses more than 800 inmates and employs more than 300 people, and pretty soon it’ll be lights out for good.
It’s a closure David Lefeber, chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, says will be felt countywide.
“Certainly it’s 300 jobs and those folks spend money whether they reside in Livingston County or not. They buy gas, they eat out, they shop at our local stores, our local businesses…” Lefeber said.
State officials say they have a plan for employees to transfer to a different facility or another state agency.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections says, in part, “These closures are a result of the governor’s successful progressive criminal justice reforms that have led to a historic decrease in crime, including both violent and property offenses, as well as individuals incarcerated in New York state prisons.”
“I don’t know of any real bright side. I’m unsure about that decrease in crime but I know that facility, as I was told by a state rep, was pretty much full,” Lefeber added.
Lefeber says when the facility closes, he’d like to see state officials turn it into something that can contribute to the local economy.
“It’ll be an empty facility. I don’t know what New York state has planned for that facility but it just helps our local economy.”