CATSKILL — A $39 million bond issue to build a new jail in Coxsackie was approved by the Greene County Legislature in a 10-4 vote Wednesday.
The vote was taken without debate in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the legislative chambers.
Legislators Larry Gardner of Hunter, Thomas Hobart of Coxsackie, William Lawrence and Harry Lennon of Cairo, Patrick Linger of New Baltimore, Matthew Luvera of Catskill, Charles Martinez of Coxsackie, Linda Overbaugh of Catskill, Lee Palmateer of Athens and Kevin Lewis of Greenville voted in favor of the bond.
Lawmakers Lori Torgersen of Windham, Aidan O’Connor Jr. of Durham and Kevin Lennon and Michael Bulich of Catskill voted against it.
In a quiet gesture of protest, a woman placed folded orange jumpsuits on the desks of the 10 lawmakers who voted yes. A bouquet of flowers was placed on Torgersen’s desk for voting no.
The proposal, containing an amendment capping the number of new beds in the jail at 80, will be submitted to the Commission of Corrections for approval.
It could take about 60 days to hear back from the Commission of Corrections, Martinez said. The jail will probably take two years to build.
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