Yes, In My Backyard

CITIZENS DEVELOP REUSE PLAN FOR RURAL PRISON IN WARWICK, NY

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On June 30, 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo advised the Town of Warwick that the State of New York was closing the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility. This was a devastating blow for the community which had for decades enjoyed employment opportunities provided by the prison and its predecessor, the New York State Training School for Boys. But more than that, the Warwick community had benefited from a positive and personal relationship with many of the State employees who became dedicated community members and volunteers as well.Very quickly the Town realized that the decision was irrevocable; there was no sense lobbying for a different decision or crying over spilled milk. Under the leadership of Town Supervisor, Michael P. Sweeton, the Town quickly embarked on a path to make the best out of the situation, and figure out how the Town could play a major role in the future development of the site….

“The future belongs to those who fuse intelligence with faith, and who with courage and determination, grope their way forward from chance to choice, from blind adaptation to creative evolution.”- Charles Merriam, 1934

Read the full plan at:

Town of Warwick NY Mid-Orange Advisory Committee Final Report 3-7-12 [pdf]

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