The state announced this afternoon that it will close seven prisons as a way to save the state $72 million.
Five are upstate and two are in New York City, but the list excludes most in the Hudson Valley and has none in the Southern Tier or Rochester area.
The announcement comes after months of speculation about where the state would look to reduce its number of prison beds by 3,800.
The only one in western New York is the Buffalo Work Release facility in Erie County. The only one in the Hudson Valley is the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick, Orange County.
The closure plan includes four male minimum-security facilities: Buffalo Work Release; Camp Georgetown in Madison County; Summit Shock in Schoharie County and and Fulton Work Release in the Bronx.
Three male medium security facilities will also close: Arthur Kill in Staten Island, Mid-Orange and Oneida in Oneida County.
“The state’s prison system has been too inefficient and too costly with far more capacity than what is needed to secure the state’s inmate population and ensure the public’s safety,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Communities affected by the closures can request state aid from a pot of $50 million set aside to help in redevelopment efforts. Cuomo initially proposed $100 million.
The reduction of the beds will save the state $72 million this fiscal year and $112 million next year.
Cuomo said prisoners will be moved to other facilities with unused beds. No maximum-security facilities, which are largely full, will close.