Ogdensburg COs to be reassigned

The Ogdensburg Correctional Facility is one of six State prisons slated to be closed in March. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

OGDENSBURG — An online petition has garnered over 3,500 signatures so far opposing the closure of Ogdensburg Correctional Facility by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

On Monday it was announced that OCF, one of two medium-security prisons in Ogdensburg, is slated for closure along with five other prisons across the state. That means the 268 employees of OCF would have to transfer to other prisons in the region or even the state. The prison is slated to close in March.

An online change.org petition has been started, and can be found at chng.it/8mN2CMsnfy. The petition has garnered more than 3,500 signatures in 48 hours.

“The effect this will have on the approximately 286 employees and the surrounding communities is colossal,” the petition reads. “If possible please sign and share this petition in hopes of bringing this tragedy to light.”

The decision to close OCF has drawn sharp criticism from Ogdensburg Mayor Jeffrey M. Skelly, state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Assemblyman Mark C. Walczyk, R-Watertown.

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