CATSKILL — Seven members of the county Finance Committee voted Monday to shelve the proposed jail bond resolution so lawmakers can try to cut construction costs, reduce the bed count and reach consensus on building a lockup in Coxsackie.
A resolution authorizing $51.4 million in serial bonds to cover the cost of building a new county jail behind the Greene Correctional Facility off Route 9W in Coxsackie was tabled in a 7-1 vote at the committee’s regular meeting Monday.
The 110-year-old jail on Bridge Street in Catskill was closed April 20 for safety reasons. In February, the state Commission of Correction ranked the Greene County Jail as one of the worst correctional facilities in the state.
Legislators Charles Martinez, R-Coxsackie; Harry Lennon, D-Cairo; Thomas Hobart, R-Coxsackie; Larry Gardner, D-Hunter; Linda Overbaugh, R-Catskill; Kevin Lewis, R-Greenville; and Aidan O’Connor Jr., D-Durham, voted in favor of tabling the bond resolution Monday. Legislator Kevin Lennon, D-Catskill, voted to move the measure to the full Legislature.
Pictured: Greene County Legislator Kevin Lennon, D-Catskill, right, speaks at a county Finance Committee meeting as Legislator Michael Bulich, R-Catskill, left, listens.