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Moriah supervisor heads to Albany

"The governor has the executive power to save Moriah," Scozzafava said. "That's my goal, to convince the governor it's in the state's best interest to keep the prison open."

Scozzafava said the local facility should remain open based on merit. The shock program is successful and the Moriah camp is in excellent condition with a proven track record, he said.

Closing the facility would be a blow to Moriah, the supervisor noted.

"The next closest facility is 60 miles one way," Scozzafava said. "That will create a tremendous hardship for employees and force people from our community."

If Moriah Shock closes there will be ripple affect through the community, Scozzafava said.

"We can not afford to lose this facility," he said. "If it closes we've lost those jobs forever. The impact on small businesses in the town will be substantial."

The Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility was constructed in 1988 as part of a state effort to boost the local economy. That same year Moriah was designated as the lone rural state Economic Development Zone.

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