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Legislature Awards Bids for Jail Modifications Project

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By a vote of 10-3 (Legislators  Carol Chock, Kathy Luz Herrera and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voted no; Legislator Mike Sigler was excused), the Legislature awarded just over $730,000 in contracts for the Tompkins County Jail Modifications Project, with Andrew R. Mancini Associates, Inc., of Endicott awarded the General contract; King & King Mechanical, Inc., of Auburn, the Mechanical contract; Matco Electric Corporation, of Vestal, the electrical contract; and Kimble, Inc., of Elmira, the plumbing contract.  The project will construct a covered outdoor inmate recreation area, and will convert the current indoor recreation space to dormitory space for seven inmates—a change expected to reduce the number of inmates who need to be boarded out to other counties.

Before the vote, Legislator Chock thanked all involved who worked hard to make this a better project, but she said she cannot support any expansion of beds in the jail.  Legislators heard two public comments at the beginning of the meeting expressing continued opposition to the project and asking that the Legislature at least hold off on tonight’s vote.