Local Law will require public referendum this November
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Sheriff Gene Conway announced on Friday August 18th a local law to transfer the supervision of the Department of Correction from the Office of the County Executive to the Office of the Sheriff. The Local Law is being sponsored by Legislator Brian May who chairs the Public Safety Committee of the County Legislature.
County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “It has been a priority of my administration to provide services in the most coordinated way possible. The transfer of Corrections to the Sheriff is another step in that direction. Partnering with Sheriff Conway on moving this to referendum is a positive step for all County taxpayers.”
The Local Law proposes moving all duties and responsibilities currently performed by the Department of Correction including but not limited to the operation and maintenance of the facility at Jamesville, housing, care and custody of all inmates, implementation and coordination of programs for the rehabilitation, education and training of inmates under the supervision and direction of the Office of the Sheriff.
Sheriff Gene Conway said, “I am committed to finding efficiencies in all operations of the Sheriff’s Office and which benefits taxpayers overall. While we have had a close working relationship with the Corrections Department, the County Executive and I agree it makes sense to take this a step closer and bring it under one administration. I look forward to sharing with members of the community how this will be in their best interests.”
To advance the law to a public referendum this November, the Onondaga County Legislature will be required to vote on this legislation at a special session to be held no later than September 1st.