CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers held a discussion devoted exclusively to the new Greene County Jail project Wednesday at the county building.
Legislators weighed three options: building a proposed $51.4 million jail behind the Greene Correctional Facility off Route 9W in Coxsackie, rehabbing the existing jail on Bridge Street in Catskill or sharing a space at the Columbia County Jail in Hudson.
A measure to conduct a $60,000 feasibility study of the Columbia County Jail site, which was to be evenly split between the Twin Counties, was rejected by the Greene County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee on March 12. The Legislature approved a resolution March 21 to authorize an agreement for a $51,418,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency to build a new jail at the Coxsackie site.
The existing jail in Catskill has 40 open cells, but an area of the facility is closed because it does not have proper toilets and sinks, Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz said during the meeting.
Pictured: Greene County Legislator Lee Palmateer, D-Athens, (left) speaks about his support of building a jail in Greene County while Legislator Linda Overbaugh, R-Catskill, listens.