SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Lawmakers have lauded the release of federal and state funds totaling $37 million for flood recovery in Schoharie County.
“Very disruptive because any inmate coming into custody of the sheriff’s office have to be transferred down to Albany County Jail,” Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said. “That’s a 38-mile one way trip. They have to be brought back for court appearances.”
The current facility is also located in a flood plain. Local officials said the cheaper and safer alternative is to build a new jail and public safety complex. The estimated cost is $37 million.
“There were times where it was frustrating,” Schoharie County Treasurer William Cherry said. “And there were times when this seemed like a tug of war.”
“FEMA resisted,” Senator Charles Schumer said. “They said building a facility out of the flood plain would be more expensive and FEMA’s rules are you should just rebuild what was destroyed.”
After nearly four years, the project was approved.
“It means that we’re going to be a sheriff’s office and a correctional facility the way it should be,” Sheriff Desmond said. “The way this was before that flood.”
The new facility is slated to be built off Route 30 on Seebold’s Farm on much higher ground.
The exact location and specifics of the building still need to be worked out, but if all goes according to plan, officials said they could break ground in the spring of 2016.