DOCCS chief nomination ‘hits a snag’

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, top right, answers questions Tuesday posed by senators in the Finance Committee, who largely voted against reccommending his confirmation.

ALBANY — Senators did not vote Wednesday to confirm the acting leader of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision as expected after lawmakers in both major political parties expressed doubt he could successfully lead the department after nine years at the helm.

The nomination of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci was omitted from Wednesday’s chamber calendar after lawmakers on the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Finance committees grilled him for several hours Tuesday about his actions, or lack thereof, to curb increasing violent attacks on prison staff and incarcerated people, available mental health treatment, safety and other issues rampant within the prison system.

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