PAUL M.

COURCELLE
CHIEF DEPUTY

KERRY B. THOMPSON
CHIEF DEPUTY












PRESS RELEASE – JUNE 26, 2014

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative
Extension and Master Gardner, Phyllis Rosenblum, have planted a vegetable garden at
the Albany County Correctional Facility. Maintenance staff and Inmates at the
Correctional Facility constructed ten garden beds. Jerry Parris, a Colonie landscaper
donated thirteen yards of top soil. Nancy Vigianni from the Albany City School District
Incarcerated Youth Program along with Kim Brizzell received donated plants from The
Shaker Shed, The Constantine Farm, Esposito’s Flower & Produce, George Brizzell and
Mary Brizzell, the former Colonie Town Supervisor.

Under the guidance of the Master Gardner, the inmates chosen to work on this
project will weed the garden beds, water and tend to the plants. When the vegetables
mature, the inmates will harvest them and the Sheriff’s Office will donate the vegetables
to local food pantries to feed needy families in the community.

The gardens consist of Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Squash, Cabbage
and Eggplant.

The goal of the program is to keep the inmates engaged, by performing positive
tasks. Our hope is the inmates will realize they can contribute to society and not return
to the Correctional Facility.

If all goes well with the program this year, it will be expanded next year.



CRAIG D. APPLE, SR.
SHERIFF
ALBANY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
County Court House Albany, New York 12207 (518) 487-5400
WWW.ALBANYCOUNTYSHERIFF.COM
WILLIAM C. COX
UNDERSHERIFF

MICHAEL S. MONTELEONE
CHIEF DEPUTY

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