Everybody will be pledging to keep open a prison in Ogdensburg and save the 300 jobs there. Patty Ritchie and Nick Vaugh are claiming Democrats Darrel Aubertine and Addie Russell have been ineffective in maintaining this bit of spending largesse. So the Governor is proposing closing it in 2011.
It will in the end be "saved" as Democrats cannot let the loss of the prison be hung like an albatross around the neck of a swing seat Senator like Mr. Aubertine. The dance leading up to that will be fun to watch.
What is interesting is that we say there is a money crunch....we say we want lower taxes and cutting of waste....or trimming of fat if you prefer that metaphor.....Yet with inmate populations down, the state is unable to adjust its capacity because each of these prisons is a mini economic engine in the small upstate community where it is located.
The simple answer is to save Ogdensburg and find another prison in a GOP Senate District and close that one. Or maybe just loan some money from the Thruway Authority to the Department of Corrections and keep 'em all open.
Sad fact is real cuts mean just that. But don't let that get in the way of the dance between Darrel and Patty over keeping those inmates in the Maple City. Heck, I even signed Patty's on-line petition...because I hope she would sign mine if Dry Hill were slated for closure.
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