COXSACKIE — As Greene County debates the next step in replacing its outdated county jail, businesses are left wondering how a new jail built in the county or a shared jail with Columbia County will affect the economy.
Though the concept of sharing a jail with Columbia County is not dead after the Greene County Legislature passed a resolution authorizing an agreement for a $51,418,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency it is looking more likely that the county will move ahead with building its own new jail in Coxsackie.
The county chose a 50-acre site adjacent to the Greene and Coxsackie state correctional facilities on Route 9W. Approximately 32 acres would be used for the construction of the jail.
Although the county would be adding yet another facility with the existing two state prisons there should not be a large negative impact on businesses, Greene County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Friedman said.
Pictured: Windham Mountain Outfitters Owner Nick Bove does not support Greene County building a new jail in Coxsackie, calling it a black hole that will raise taxes and not provide economic benefits to the county.