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.
“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.