CATSKILL — The county’s Public Safety Committee gave the green light for a $51.4 million bond to build a new jail in Coxsackie after engineers said the existing county jail will remain closed indefinitely.
The committee heard a report from Cairo-based Kaaterskill Associates about the status of the 110-year-old jail in Catskill, which was closed April 20 for safety reasons.
The committee passed a resolution 5-3 authorizing $51.4 million in serial bonds to cover the costs of constructing a new county jail behind the Greene Correctional Facility off Route 9W in Coxsackie.
Legislators William Lawrence, R-Cairo; Harry Lennon, D-Cairo; Charles Martinez, R-Coxsackie; Pat Linger, R-New Baltimore; and Legislature Chairman Kevin Lewis, R-Greenville voted in favor. Legislators Kevin Lennon, D-Catskill; Lori Torgersen, D-Windham; and Aidan O’Connor, D-Durham; voted against the bond.
Pictured: Randall Griffin, of Catskill, speaking during the Greene County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee meeting.