Public museum in Sing Sing Prison is proposed.

Author:St. Gerard, Vanessa
Position::State News - Brief Article

In January, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano asked the state development agency for $5.8 million to build a museum in New York's famed Sing Sing Prison, according to USA Today. A marketing study and preliminary design commissioned by the town of Ossining were completed in 2000. The study indicated that a museum would draw 120,000 visitors a year, and Spano predicts $10 million a year in revenue for the county. "It'll be tastefully done," Spano said. "When it's done, they'll love it. And people will come. We're certainly not ghoulish and morbid."

Bank robber Willie Sutton and mobster Lucky Luciano served time at Sing Sing--two of the facility's well-known inmates. Others who have studied Sing Sing's history say it is too important to be ignored. Other historic prisons have been turned into tourist attractions, including Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. But a museum at Sing Sing would be built in a prison that still houses 1,750 maximum-security inmates. Visitors would...

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