Senator O'Mara addresses local Monterey Shock supporters at the March 11th protest rally in Albany

March 11, 2014

Albany, N.Y., March 11—State Senator Tom O'Mara addressed local supporters of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility at a public rally in Albany today and said that the Senate Majority Coalition, in its one-house budget resolution scheduled to be unveiled and acted on this week, will reject Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to close the facility.

"We are saying no to Governor Cuomo's plan to close Monterey Shock. It makes no fiscal sense, it's kicking local workers out of their jobs and it's putting our local communities and property taxpayers at risk," said O'Mara. "I hope the Cuomo administration hears us. If they want to reduce recidivism, keep Monterey open. If they want to save state and local taxpayer dollars, keep Monterey open. If they care about local jobs and local community services, keep Monterey open. We need to keep making the case to Governor Cuomo that there are more effective ways to achieve the short- and long-term goals we share without closing a high-quality, community-oriented and cost-effective facility like Monterey."