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New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc.

NYSCOPBA represents over 26,000 New York State employees and retirees from the Security Services Unit. Our Union was formed in May 1998 and since that time has provided superior representation to our membership under the independent and democratic model. Our Mission continued...

Opposing Facility Closures

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Summary of Issues
Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 Executive Budget proposal calls for the closure of Beacon and Bayview Correctional Facilities. The budget also proposes the authorization of the potential closures or the reduction of services of a facility operated under the Office of Mental Health (OMH) without adhering to the one-year notification requirement. NYSCOPBA strongly opposes these initiatives to close more facilities and takes exception that the Governor is attempting to circumvent the one-year notification laws.

NYSCOPBA members statewide are being called on to mobilize. Please contact your state legislator and ask them to oppose the Governor's proposal to close facilities. Stand with your brothers and sisters of Beacon and Bayview Correctional Facilities and stop the closures of more prisons! Enough is enough! Your facility could be next!

President Rowe:
"Governor Cuomo has, once again, decided to balance the budget on the backs on some of the hardest working New Yorkers..." Full text

NYSCOPBA Members (2009)

Fighting the Closures
Email your legislators EZ form- Assembly and Senate.

Contact your legislators at the Assembly at (518) 455-4100 and Senate at (518) 455-2800. You can use our sample letters to contact your local media outlets (Letters to the Editor)- Bayview/Beacon - Family Member - Correction Officer. Use these talking points- DOCCS - OMH when discussing the issues with your legislator.

Stay Informed
Video Budget Testimony (President Rowe starts at 5:48:00 and Commissioner Fischer at 3:13:00)
NYSCOPBA sent letters to the legislature opposing the proposed closures- DOCCS - OMH
Budget Documents - Schedule
Budget Hearing- LIVE FEED!
President Rowe responds to the 2013 Budget Proposal
Legislative Department

In the News
Local officials, state senator, oppose closing Beacon Correctional Facility- Mid-Hudson News
VIDEO: Beacon officials want to save prison from state budget ax- Poughkeepsie Journal
Locals oppose Cuomo plan to close Beacon prison- YNN

Local officials, state senator, oppose closing Beacon Correctional Facility- Mid-Hudson News
Local officials oppose Beacon Correctional closing - Poughkeepsie Journal

President Rowe and legislators schedule press conference
Senator Gipson to Fight the Closing of Beacon Facility
NYSCOPBA Mails on Prison Closures - Capital Tonight YNN
In Mailer, corrections officers push back against prison closures - The Journal News
Home for Dinner Radio Ad - Print Ad - Banner Ad - Politics on the Hudson - City & State
Two New York Prisons for Female Inmates Facing Final Lockup- WNYC
NYS Correction Officers Fight Cuomo Administration's Prison Closure Plans - UPDATED- NY DailyNews

Corrections' union knocks Cuomo over prison closures (updated)- Democrat and Chronicle
Gipson to fight closing of Beacon prison- Mid-Hudson News
NYSCOPBA Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts (Updated)- Capitol Tonight
State budget proposal includes prison closings- Capitol Confidential
Plan shuts prison sites- Times Union
State budget proposal includes prison closings - Times Union, Capitol Confidential
Legislator Flyers- Klein - Gipson - Gallivan
President Rowe Budget Testimony - Press Release -
NY Daily News - YNN
Heard Around Town- City & State
Correction officers hurt by prison closings- Times Union
President Rowe responds Executive Budget Proposal - Auburn Pub - YNN Video - North Country Public Radio-Auburn Citizen
NYSCOPBA's Rowe not happy with Cuomo's decision to close prisons -
President Rowe Interview on YNN





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