Some NY politicians say close infamous Sing Sing

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Posted: Apr 05, 2011 6:29 PM
Some NY politicians say close infamous Sing Sing

Some NY politicians have no love for the infamous Sing Sing prison and suggest Gov. Andrew Cuomo close it to save money.

Now a maximum security prison, housing about 1,700 inmates, Sing Sing opened in 1826 on the Hudson River, about 30 miles north of New York City. The phrase "up the river" was coined for it. Convicted in a spy case, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing in 1953. The prison often was portrayed in gangster movies.

State and local officials said in a letter Tuesday that the prison is unwanted by the community. They said it contributes little to the economy, and selling the riverfront site could bring in some revenue for the state.

Cuomo's office said he had no comment.