Catskill, New York
Daniel Zuckerman


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.

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Scott Myers
Scott Myers 8 May 2018 09:44AM

The main legislative body lacks the supermajority. 5 to 7 now, but needs 8 in favor of the loan or it’s dead for this year. The legality of a shared/regional jail is already proven by the reality this is occurring. The State Senate has a bill which makes it more legal – and yes that’s a valid phrase, more legal. :)


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