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Construction of a medium security prison at Friendship has been delayed for at least six months because of cuts in the New York State budget.

The state's $1 billion deficit also has prompted the president of Alfred State Technical College to order campus buildings closed for the holidays to save money.

State officials anticipated completing the 750-bed Allegany Correctional Facility by next Nov. 22, but now have revised that to March 1992, according to Thomas Tubbs, a spokesman for the state Office of General Services, the agency that is designing the facility and will oversee its construction.

"Contracts, everything came to a halt . . . with the budget belt-tightening," Tubbs said. "Once the design is complete, however, construction will go on as scheduled."

The budget cuts will place limits on overtime for engineers and architects, causing delays in the prison's design, he said. Once the design is completed and contract awarded, building the $65 million prison will take about 11 months, he said. It will be located on a 125-acre farm and woodland site near the Friendship exit of the Southern Tier Expressway.

John O. Hunter, Alfred State president, said a "severe fiscal situation" forced him to order campus buildings closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7.

The move will allow the college to lower thermostats to 50 degrees, saving $30,000 to $40,000, Hunter said.

The University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College and Fredonia State College announced similar plans last month. They expect to save a total of $370,000 in energy and snow-removal costs by closing campus buildings between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2.

State universities at Binghamton, Albany and Stony Brook also will close over the holidays.

University administrators are asking workers to take vacation during the period.

A 6 percent cut in the State University system's budget -- ordered in November by Cuomo in the face of a projected $1 billion deficit in the state budget -- has prompted the closings. The system's 62 schools must cut $92 million from their budgets this fiscal year.

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