600 rally to save state prison in Chateaugay, organizers say

CHATEAUGAY – Organizers say more than 600 people attended a rally Saturday to save the Chateaugay Correctional Facility.

Attendees turned out to the Chateaugay Recreation Park to hear local and state officials speak and to sign a petition against closing the facility, which New York state has decided to do on July 26, 2014.

The prison employs 111 people, totaling $7.8 million in payroll a year. Franklin County Board of Legislators Chairman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, said in a press release that its closure would also eliminate $53,000 a year in revenue for the wastewater treatment facility in the village of Chateaugay, which would result in a significant sewer fee increase for village residents.

Jones’ press release also cited the closure of the Camp Gabriels and Lyon Mountain correctional facilities as evidence that the potential for resale of the Chateaugay Correctional Facility is limited. No one has bought either of those prisons, which closed in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Camp Gabriels was just put up for another auction, later this month.