Senator Darrel Aubertine says he has brought home the bacon to the Maple City with a budget deal to ensure continued operation of a state prison in Ogdensburg. In a release, Aubertine says language will be in the budget deal expected to be complete by the weekend. The proposed closing of the facility had sparked community concerns over jobs and a lobbying effort by Mayor Bill Nelson and GOP Senate hopeful Patty Ritchie.
It had been suspected the proposed closing was a red herring that would allow local Dems to save the day, but nonetheless the move will play well in Greater Ogdensburg where Ritchie lives and was hoping to run up the score in her favor.
I don't know if keeping facilities open for the sake of keeping them open appeals to everyone, but it will certainly allow Senator Aubertine to be seen as a player in the corridors of power in Albany.
OGDENSBURG CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SAFE IN BUDGET! New York State Senate