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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.

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