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Essex County Jail revenue again discussed in committee

County Manager Daniel Palmer and Sheriff Richard Cutting speak to members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee.

County Manager Daniel Palmer and Sheriff Richard Cutting speak to members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I was told by the state that it would be discriminatory to house out females, whether it was financially responsible or not,” Cutting said.

“To have to fully staff a facility for only two or three inmates is not a wise way to run a business to me,” Scozzafava said.

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said that he was still concerned because of the loss in revenue.

“I am concerned that you are going to be down a half-million or more in revenue, and it does not appear that we can make any cuts to offset the loss,” Politi said. “It may make more sense to drop our charges and be able to make some money instead of none. I would rather lose $200,000 in revenue rather than $600,000.”

“I have offered to be competitive with other counties, but they have not come to the table,” Cutting said. “If they had sentenced, long-term inmates, that would not be the problem. It is the ones that still need to be transported to and from courts by other counties. That is a four-hour ride for Oswego County.”

“I would say go as low as you can, which is better than getting nothing,” Politi said. “We need to make these counties an offer that they cannot refuse.”

“I am trying,” Cutting said.

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