July 8, 2011

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Mid-Orange prison to shut down at end of the year

GOSHEN – State Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R-Greenwood Lake) announced Thursday that the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility will be closed on December 1.

The medium security prison in the Town of Warwick is on the governor’s hit list of seven correctional facilities to be closed to save the state money.

Rabbitt has been informed that none of the 300 employees will be let go when the center closes.

“There is a team of people putting together a statewide on how to close the seven facilities, she said. “There will be a lot of transfers, a lot of early retirements and incentives for the employees. As of this morning, all the employees will have a job. That is good news.” But, Rabbitt cautioned that could change as the three employee unions involved negotiate with the state.

The state will also divvy up $50 million to the impacted communities to help ease the economic pain.     

Rabbitt said the state’s Empire State Development Corporation will also be working with Orange County and Warwick officials to find a new business to take over the 1,000 acre property.

One major concern to town officials is the impact on the town’s sewer and water rates since the prison consumes and pays for about half of the capacity.


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