Prison-warden homes up for sale
- Last Updated: 4:14 AM, April 23, 2012
- Posted: 2:52 AM, April 23, 2012
ALBANY — The state may put some of its “big houses” up for sale.
But they could turn out to be hard cells — all of them are current or former homes of upstate prison superintendents and among the new owners’ close neighbors will be scores of inmates.
The state has decided to no longer treat superintendents and other prison employees like college presidents, who are often given homes located at or close to their work.
The prison homes, until recently rented out to top officials and their aides, are being considered for sale as part of a cost-cutting effort. Eleven of them are a short walk from a prison, and 10 are behind the fences.
Anyone would be able to buy the ones near the prisons; it’s not yet clear whether any of the homes on the prison grounds will be sold.
Two are definitely going on the market, including the stately three-story, 12,610-square-foot brick residence where the superintendent of the Auburn prison had lived.
It has eight bedrooms, three bathrooms and an attached gazebo — not to mention a detached, barn-sized garage. It also is somewhat of historic landmark — because Auburn is the state’s oldest prison.
Also up for grabs will be a more modest home for Auburn’s top deputy.
They’re assessed at $366,500 and $130,000 respectively
Those that can’t be sold will probably be rented — likely at higher rates than the state workers had been paying.
“Clearly a lot of these properties are quite desirable and could be sold or leased on the open market, refilling the state coffers,’’ said state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) — who had called for unloading the properties in a 2010 report.
“I’m glad the governor is ending an antiquated program of giving cut rate housing to state workers.”
The closest home to New York City is the former residence of the superintendent of Sing Sing, in Ossining.
It’s not far from the Hudson River and a mere two blocks from the prison.
It’s the latest sale of the state’s excess properties.
This month’s eBay car auction netted Albany about $1.65 million.