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In mailer, corrections officers push back against prison closures

Posted By Jon Campbell On February 14, 2013 @ 11:55 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The state’s correctional officers are out with a pair of new mailers that push back against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, knocking the governor’s plan to close prisons in Dutchess County and New York City.

The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association began sending the mail in targeted districts across the state this week, painting Cuomo’s prison plans as a forced choice for workers between their jobs and families.

“If this plan is approved, correction officers will be forced to make a choice: Quit your job or uproot your entire family,” one mailer reads. “Albany should be protecting those who protect us, not hurting them.”

Cuomo’s proposed budget would close two minimum-security, female prisons: Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County and the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan, which has been vacant since Superstorm Sandy hit last year.

The governor’s budget plan, however, does not call for any layoffs of prison workers, but would relocate both inmates and corrections officers.

The corrections officers union began sending out the mailers over the weekend, and another round went out today. Here’s one of them:

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