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State budget cuts put officers, inmates at risk

As a correction sergeant at the Gowanda Correctional Facility, I’ve seen first-hand what happens when the state makes deep cuts and closes or consolidates correctional facilities. Budget cuts put correction officers, staff and inmates at risk, and we’re already doing some of the most dangerous jobs in the state.

We’ve already taken major budget cuts – 2,000 correction officer jobs have been eliminated since 2009. And when a correctional facility closes, it’s not just correction officers who are out of work; small businesses in our communities suffer, too.

New York’s economy is still struggling and unemployment is still too high. Closing prisons and making deep cuts that endanger public safety will only make a tough situation worse.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature should support correction officers and our communities in the state budget. New York can’t afford to lose more jobs.

Vinny Blasio

Lake View