A juvenile detention center in the Town of Lansing is among four youth detention centers that Governor Cuomo is proposing to shut down to save money.
The closure of the Lansing facility along with similar facilities in Dutchess, Orange, and Suffolk counties is expected to save state taxpayers $7 million over two years, but it will mean the loss of 70 jobs in Tompkins County and nearly 170 full time jobs all together.
The closures are expected during the upcoming fiscal year, which starts April 1.
The state will attempt to place employees whose jobs are eliminated in other vacant positions. Job re-training will be available if workers are not qualified for available state positions.
The closures are a result of Governor Cuomo’s decision to expand the Close to Home initiative. The program emphasizes moving young offenders from detention centers into residential facilities that are, in most cases, closer to their home communities.