Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, said this morning that the state budget will include funding to keep open Camp McGregor in Saratoga County and three other prisons that had been targeted for closure by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Bruno also said the budget does not include money for pay raises for either judges or legislators. It does include an increased cigarette tax.
Speaking in the cold rain at a large rally of correctional officers on the steps of the Capitol, Bruno said protecting the prisons had been a priority of the Senate Republican Conference, and that crime has gone down in the state because criminals have been imprisoned. Afterwards, he said there was agreement from the governor and Assembly to keep the prisons open.
A spokesman for Gov. David Paterson's budget office declined comment.