Sadly, our state prison system remains one of the few reliable employers in the Finger Lakes. We're all taxed to support prison staff salaries, benefits and pensions beyond the reach of most of the rest of us. Now we learn that some of those prison employees may be enhancing their take by stealing the use of state-owned vehicles:
New York's inspector general has launched a statewide investigation into claims that high-ranking prison officials are using state cars for personal use.WSYR has the details.
In the midst of a state fiscal crisis, the investigation will also look into whether the prison officials should have state vehicles at all.
Inspector General Ellen Biben, a former deputy attorney general who handled public corruption cases, took over the office in January. She declined immediate comment. Spokeswoman Kate Gurnett said Biben is taking a broad look at the Department of Correctional Services for official vehicles used for personal purposes, which is prohibited.