senate Bill S279

Requires the commissioner of correctional services to provide notice at least 24 months prior to a correctional facility closure to certain groups and persons

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6348
Versions:
S279
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Crime Victims, Crime And Correction
Law Section:
Correction Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S279

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the correction law, in relation to the closure of
correctional facilities


PURPOSE :

To require the commissioner of corrections to provide notice to
certain groups and persons at least 24 months prior to a correctional
facility closing, and to report on an adaptive reuse plan for the
facility at the time of such notice.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Section 1 amends subdivision 3 of section 79a of the correction law to
provide that the commissioner must give notice of a planned
correctional facility closing to local governments, labor
organizations and certain managerial employees at least 24 months
prior to such closure.

Section 2 amends section 79-b of the correction law to require that
the commissioner provide a report on an adaptive reuse plan for the
correctional facility at the time of providing notice of closure.

Section 3 provides that the act shall take effect immediately and
shall apply to any notice pursuant to subdivision 3 of section 79-a of
the correction law that is provided on or after January 1, 2008.

JUSTIFICATION :

Under current law, the commissioner of corrections must give notice of
a correctional facility closure a mere 12 months prior to such
closure, and must provide for a plan of adaptive reuse of the facility
only 6 months prior to the closure. When correctional facilities are
planned for closure, as we are now seeing at Hudson Correctional
Facility and Mount McGregor, the short time periods for notice and
development of an adaptive reuse plan wreak havoc on corrections
employees, their families, their communities and the local economies.
For the employees and their families, more time is needed to
re-organize lives and re-locate to new communities. For local
communities affected by the closures, more time is needed to adjust to
the loss of jobs, families and, in some cases, a significant part of
the tax base.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2008: S.7467 Passed Senate; A.10361 T. Gordon Correction

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

Undetermined at this time.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately upon becoming law, with retroactive effect to January 1,
2009.
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