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October 24, 2016
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Selection of Sullivan jail design company underway

Sheriff Mike Schiff explains his preference to go with LaBella Associates in choosing a firm to oversee construction of the new state-mandated Sullivan County jail.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

Legislator Kathy LaBuda urged her colleagues to move the process forward because she said at some point the COC will demand action, and possibly close some or all of the cells at the current county jail. This would compel the county to house inmates at facilities outside of the county at a huge cost to taxpayers.

Once the legislature makes a final selection, the design process will take another eight or nine months to complete.

Once that is complete, the project will have to be bonded, and will almost certainly mean a tax increase in excess of the Albany-mandated 2% property tax cap. Schiff suggested county officials contact Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to attempt to have the cost of the jail removed from the tax cap equation.