Firetree, Ltd., a not for profit that would build and coordinate the re-entry home in Rotterdam if the resolution had passed, were also present at the meeting to speak to the use of the property. Killeen Cirilla, an attorney representing Firetree said that in other communities the program has helped federal offenders move toward productive lives while impacting the communities in positive ways. Cirilla cited a re-entry facility in Syracuse, which has given back to the community and received letters of commendation from the city and Syracuse University for their work, among others.
Ed Cox, a consultant for Firetree, was disappointed with the outcome of the resolution, but understands where communities stand on issues such as the re-entry facility but also understands the need for such facilities.
"I've been dealing with community corrections facilities since I retired from the prison system and I know the importance of these programs," said Cox.
Before the vote, Cox also said that having a place to go, such as the proposed re-entry facility, after spending time in federal prison is a part of changing lives and is a main goal within Firetree.
"Having a place to go and change is our main goal in our company," he said.
The town of Rotterdam town board will meet again on Wednesday, May 12 at the Rotterdam Junction Fire Department.