Goshen Secure Center saved from budget cut

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ALBANY – The Goshen Secure Center, a youth detention facility that was slated to be closed as part of the governor’s budget, has been saved.

Funding for the center is included in the just adopted state budget following the lobbying effort of Senators Michael Martucci (R, New Hampton) and James Skoufis (D, Cornwall).

“The young men dependent on the mental health and rehabilitation services that the Goshen Secure Facility provides can now rest assured that those doors won’t be closed,” said Skoufis. “Additionally, the hardworking union members of CSEA and PEF now know that those jobs aren’t going anywhere.”

“The final state budget saves over 300 jobs at Goshen Secure, and preserves important treatment, counseling and job training programs that provide hope to its residents,” said Martucci.

Goshen Secure Center, a maximum-security state youth incarceration center currently houses 30 boys from across the state, many from the New York City area.

Had the center closed, residents would have been moved to a facility in Columbia County.