The Allegany County Legislature unanimously Wednesday voted to ask the state to build a new prison in the Town of Friendship.
On Monday, the Legislature refused even to consider a resolution of support that had been requested by State Sen. Patricia McGee, R-Franklinville. She said a new prison is in Gov. George E. Pataki's capital budget for 2000, and Friendship is high on the list of possible sites.
The Legislature met in a special session Wednesday just to consider the resolution.
Legislator Susan Myers, R-Friendship, said she was told the proposed Western New York prison would be a 1,500-bed maximum-security institution. She said the town and county will benefit economically if the prison is built in Friendship.
"The benefits far outweigh the negatives," she said.