A prison's fate keeps small town on edge

Betty Little

February 01, 2010

Adirondack community girds for economic impact of prison camp closure 
By RICK KARLIN, Times Union Capitol bureau 

First published: Monday, February 1, 2010
MORIAH CENTER -- John Boyea knows all about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He owns a business in the middle of rural upstate New York's prison belt at a time when the facilities, after decades of debate, are starting to close.
Boyea is a native of Moriah, a town squeezed between Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in eastern Essex County. He attended Hudson Valley Community College, where he learned how to service time-card clocks. Boyea started building a career in the Capital Region, but after changing technology cost him a job he came back to this hamlet, which is basically a three-way intersection with a two-pump gas station.

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