Clerk Patti Ritchie and Ogdensburg Mayor Bill Nelson will lead the hoopla in a rally Friday to protest the proposed closing of one of two state prisons located in the Maple City.
This clearly sets up a candidacy for Ritchie because why else would a county clerk be involved in this...I assume she is running for Senate, although maybe its the Mayor doing that and Ms. Ritchie is running for Assembly...
Here is the conundrum all have with this issue....If you accept the premise there is a $9 billion shortfall and that the number of inmates is dropping....Then why shouldn't the state shed some prison beds ? To cut spending, don't you have to cut something ?
If so, the argument is make the cuts but do it in someone else's city...or someone else's Senate district.
Is this rally just a partisan deal..or will Senator Aubertine and Assemblywoman Russell be there ?
I went to O-burg a couple weeks ago to join Mayor Nelson in protesting the sugar tax......I don't think I can go up there again just to rally for more spending....Although I don't blame any of the officials for doing it...It's their job.
Ritchie: 5,441 Sign Petition to Save Ogdensburg Prison