To the editor:
I read your report regarding the Sunday Rally in Catskill that called for a “Pause and Rethink” on the presently pending county Jail Project. I caught a substantial “fact” error. After a discussion with a friend of mine present when I spoke at the event, it turns out that I mis-spoke and you accurately quoted me in so doing. Both you and your readers should be aware of the accurate data. Here it comes. On the article jump page - page 8 - the error appears as the cost of the Coxsackie site. The cost that I mis-spoke — and you reported — was $850,000. The actual and accurate site cost is $8,500,000 — a figure that makes the Coxsackie location site the most expensive jail site in NY State!
I have attached a copy of the County application for the USDA Loan as the evidence of the accuracy of my corrected figure. I include this as proof of the point, not for printing. The application reflects a site cost of $8.5 million — not the $1 used as the cost by the proponents. Evidently, I voiced a serious cost error and a number well below the actual cost. The application submitted to the USDA in the county loan application of 2017 was the engineering estimate for site preparation before construction. That is the number — $7,650,000 higher than the cost that appears in the article — and should be corrected.
To you and your readers, I apologize for mistakenly stating an extremely low site cost. I ask you to correct the information in your data and, if necessary or possible, add a correction to the report.