Rally held as Oneida Correctional employees get orders to relocate

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than 50 people turned out for a rally to save Oneida Correctional Facility Tuesday afternoon.

The prison is slated to close by order of the governor this October, putting more than 500 people out of a job in the City of Rome. On Tuesday, some of the correctional officers were given their orders, telling them where they will relocate.

Many will have to uproot their families to take the new position offered by the state.

While the state makes sure the CO's have a job lined up, a bigger concern are the civilian workers - all 300 of them.

"We're supposed to know by September 10," said Mike Rockenstyre, Local Civil Service Employees Association President. "It's supposed to be 20 days prior to the closing. There's a lot of people yet. There's a lot of uncertainty, especially the people with less time on the job."

Civilians will be offered jobs by seniority, and there are no guarantees. Inmates are already being shipped out in preparation for the closure this Fall.

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