Proposal has Rikers Island becoming part of LaGuardia

Posted April 04, 2017

"I emphasize, this will not happen overnight", he said at a press conference March 31 with Ms. Mark-Viverito and Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte. "Especially on Staten Island where they benefit from many jobs in the criminal justice field but won't accept their fair share of inmates", he said. The new facilities would offer mental health services to help inmates.

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Ms. Mark-Viverito raised the possibility of closing Rikers in her State of the City speech in February 2016.

Building an additional terminal and runway on the island could reduce the airport's notorious delays and serve an additional 12 million more passengers annually - an increase of about 40 percent - according to the 148-page report published Sunday by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. The city also operates four prisons in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx with a combined capacity of 3,000 prisoners.

"Given the potential small size of any proposed jail required to address the local need, pursuing the siting of a jail in our borough is simply inconsistent with the administration's stated views", Oddo said.

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"Today, we've got about 9,500 people in custody in our entire jail system", he said. "As far as I am concerned, this ends the notion that the de Blasio administration will attempt to build such a facility on Staten Island".

The commission studied Rikers for a year and made recommendations. Fully funding low-income New Yorkers would cost $212 million, which the city has balked at paying for.

That seven-month process is public and includes input from several levels of city government, including the community board, the borough president, the City Council and the mayor.

Staten Island's Council delegation is opposed to new jails in their districts.