Jail resolutions meet with opposition

NORWICH – City of Norwich Supervisor Linda E. Natoli expressed her dissatisfaction with “the way things are going” at the Chenango County Public Safety Facility by casting two opposing votes on resolutions that came before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The Ward 4, 5 and 6 representative was the sole county leader to oppose the immediate appropriation of $52,200 for part-time officers, $84,000 for overtime and $50,000 for food expenses at the facility. She joined Supervisor Peter C. Flanagan, D-Preston, in also voting against authorizing the creation of another full-time correctional facility nurse position at the jail.

“I just think we need to know more about what’s going on up there. I don’t think we know enough,” she said following the meeting. She did not elaborate.

When he initially requested the appropriations last month, Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren told the Safety & Rules Committee that the majority of the funds were needed to accommodate for a shortage of corrections officers. He said the department has “been in a massive training and hiring” mode this year. That, coupled with the recent flood emergency, made for a difficult first year at the new facility on Upper Ravine Road in the Town of Norwich, he said.

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