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December 04, 2016
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Forty million dollars for new jail? With pressure from Albany jail talk resumes

That suggestion brought a strong reaction from legislator Kathy LaBuda, chair of the Division of Public Works. She said, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m not going back and negotiating anything. We’ve been talking about Apollo for four years.”

Legislator Ira Steingart, who as chair of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency has been involved in the Apollo negotiations, said he agreed with LaBuda.

Legislator Gene Benson repeated his concern that the annex to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Fallsburg was being overlooked. He suggested that the existing buildings there might serve the road patrol and there would still be room to build a new jail.

County legislature chair Scott Samuelson said that he had spoken to a representative of the Commission of Corrections, and was told they would need full build-out plans before they could render a decision on the site, a requirement that would cost the county “a couple hundred thousand dollars.”

The current plans for the jail call for a pod system. Each of four pods is capable of housing 48 inmates, and with special authorization for double-bunking each could house up to 60 inmates. The number of pods could be expanded.