On Monday, the Essex County Ways and Means Committee approved $3,000 for an economic impact study on Moriah Shock. Economics Consultant Colin Reed will conduct the study and it's expected to be complete by March 5.
Officials hope hard numbers displaying Moriah Shock's importance to the town's economic stability will sway Paterson's opinion.
The state Department of Corrections budgetary reductions are part of more than $1 billion in cuts throughout all state agencies in an attempt to close an estimated $8.2 billion budget deficit in the coming year.
According to corrections officials, Moriah Shock has saved the state about $163 million since it was opened in 1987 by reducing the recidivism rate of those who participate in the boot camp-like program by nearly 10 percent relative to the general inmate population.
Moriah Shock is one of four upstate prisons, including Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility and the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, tagged for closure within the next 18 months.