Wednesday, May 2, 2012

COGFA Votes Against the Governor's Proposal to Close Dwight Prison

At their hearing on May 1, COGFA voted 7-3 to keep Dwight Prison open. Dwight Mayor Bill Wilkey, Village Administrator Kevin McNamara, and GLCEDC CEO Larry Vaupel attended the hearing, along with several employees of the prison and AFSCME representatives. While this is encouraging news, the fight to keep the prison open is not over. We have begun to meet with members of the Public Safety Appropriations Committee in order to convince them to keep the prison funded in next year's budget. Another lobby day is scheduled for next week.  The Committee should finalize their budget within the next 2-3 weeks.

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