Yesterday, the New York Times published an article about Sing Sing: "Where Berkowitz Did Time and Cagney Spent Time." It reminded Gossips that back in 1889, when the State Prison at Sing Sing, then sixty-three years old, was considered "ancient and dilapidated," there was talk of building a new state prison. The civic leaders of Columbia County and the City of Hudson were eager to have a new state prison built in Greenport, just over the border from Hudson, on land owned by Fred W. Jones. Had they gotten their wish, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg would have been executed and the Son of Sam serial killer incarcerated just over the border from our fair city.
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