Prison Redevelopment Commission

On May 23, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the Prison Redevelopment Commission, focused on reimagining closed prisons for innovative redevelopment opportunities across New York State. The 15-member panel, first announced as part of Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State address, is comprised of leading experts across real estate, community and economic development, criminal justice reform, and government.  The panel will be led by Hope Knight, Commissioner, President and CEO of Empire State Development and Darren Walker, President at the Ford Foundation.

In her 2022 State of the State address, Governor Hochul announced that she would form the commission to analyze prison redevelopment opportunities that serve the state’s economic needs and recommend a clear and credible plan of action. The closures identified by Governor Hochul in the fall of 2022 are in addition to the more than 20 that have been closed over the last 15 years. The closures provide an opportunity to transform these facilities in more creative and productive ways , paving the way for opportunities to spur investment and job creation.

The commission includes leadership from State agencies as well as foundations, regional leaders and stakeholders, and economic development experts who will be focused on developing an action plan to turn empty prisons, many of which were job centers in their rural communities, into opportunities for communities to thrive. The commission’s first meeting was held on May 23, 2022.

The commission panel will convene throughout 2022 to engage in policy discussions, hear presentations from industry experts, and identify areas for deeper analysis. The State and ESD will also engage with stakeholders representing each prison’s region for local feedback and perspective on future uses for the facilities that meet the area’s needs.  Following this process, the commission will produce a public report, including recommendations for next steps.

Further information and updates will be added to this page as they become available.

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Commission Members

Hope Knight, President, CEO and Commissioner, Empire State Development
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Anthony Annucci, Acting Commissioner, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Jeanette Moy, Commissioner, Office of General Services
Robert Mujica, Director, New York State Division of Budget
Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, New York State Department of Labor
Steve Acquario, Executive Director, New York State Association of Counties
Deborah Berke, Principal, Deborah Berke Architects
Heather Briccetti, President and CEO, Business Council of New York State

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Jeff Buell, Principal, Redburn Development
David Buicko, President and CEO, Galesi Group
Penny Hill, Dean for Economic Development and Workforce Initiatives, Hudson Valley Community College
Christa Hines, Executive Director, Hudson River Housing
Stanley Richards, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, The Fortune Society
Ryan Silva, Executive Director, New York State Economic Development Council
Deanna Van Buren, Founder, Designing Justice and Designing Spaces
Elizabeth Gaynes, former President and CEO of the Osborne Association 

 

Contact Information

To contact the NYS Prison Redevelopment Commission, email: [email protected]