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New Greene County Jail gets legislative approval for first bond

CATSKILL – The Public Safety Committee of the Greene County Legislature has approved the $39 million bond needed to build a new county jail in Coxsackie on former state land.

The proposal must face two more hurdles before it could become law, said Legislator William Lawrence.

“Now that Public Safety has approved the bond, it goes to our Finance Committee in another 10 days and then after finance approves it, if they do, it goes to our general meeting on the third Wednesday of this month, at which time, if approved, then the bond issue becomes part of this concept and then will go through the bidding process and construction next year,” Lawrence said.

This first victory for supporters of a new jail has not diminished the opposition.

Legislator Lori Torgersen is keeping the heat on the jail project and its bonding.

“We have an incredible opportunity in Greene County right now not only to saddle future generations with incredible debt that would quadruple our county’s debt right now, but also to be leaders in criminal justice and to be consistent with the direction of creating alternatives to incarceration,” she said.

Torgersen is also among those who believe Greene County should explore teaming up with neighboring Columbia County to develop a joint county jail.

In addition to the $39 million bond, Greene County would use $8 million from its reserves to pay for the total costs if the jail project does move forward.

 


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