State says no layoffs with closure of Goshen Secure Facility

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GOSHEN – If the state goes through with the closure of the Goshen Secure Facility for youths in Goshen, there will be no layoffs. That comment came Friday from the State Office of Children and Family Services.

Union employees joined with Senators James Skoufis (D, Cornwall) and Mike Martucci (R, New Hampton) on Thursday to denounce the closure and maintain it will mean lost jobs.

“There are no layoffs associated with the closure of this facility. Since 2010, New York State has seen a dramatic 73 percent reduction in the number of youth in juvenile justice placements. Goshen is significantly underutilized, resulting in significant cost to taxpayers. Any youth still in placement at closure will be transferred to another OCFS facility or residential program as close to their home as possible,” a spokesman said.

“OCFS, along with the state’s Career Mobility Office, has already completed an initial series of meetings with impacted facility staff to outline the process for reassignment to other facilities or agencies. OCFS has also made available current vacancies within the agency for which qualified staff will be prioritized for re-assignment,” according to the agency.

Goshen currently serves an average of 25 youth per week, a 36 percent occupancy rate (86 total beds). This will affect 73 CSEA employees, 33 PEF and five in management.