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About 230 women and transgender inmates will be transferred from Rikers Island starting next week, as pressure builds on New York leaders to address unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the understaffed and aging prison. 

New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulWhite House to review floodplain building codes in response to petition Hochul jumps out to early lead in NY governor's primary: poll No charges for passenger in LaGuardia emergency landing MORE (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioHochul jumps out to early lead in NY governor's primary: poll New York City to phase out controversial gifted and talented program Watchdog: De Blasio misused security detail for personal benefit MORE (D) announced an agreement on Wednesday to move the 230 inmates to two state-run facilities.


"The situation on Rikers Island is grave and complex, and thus requires bold action from all levels of government to deliver change," Hochul said in a statement, adding that the majority of the women and transgender populations at Rikers would be part of the move. 

“These actions will further help ease staffing concerns, capacity constraints, and improve safety for several hundred detainees until such time that the City can identify and implement a permanent solution that will bring justice to the situation at Rikers," she added.    

Members of New York's congressional delegation have urged Hochul and de Blasio to close the prison entirely. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJuan Williams: Women wield the power Internal battles heat up over Biden agenda Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE, Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerAlabama clears plan to use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons Alabama governor pushes back on criticism for using COVID-19 funds to build prisons House considering new debt limit vote Tuesday MORE, Jamaal Bowman and Nydia Velázquez sent a letter to that effect last month. 

The New York Times in a report earlier this month detailed how Rikers Island has been mired in a staffing shortages that at times allowed inmates to move around the complex comfortably, as well as the degraded conditions within the complex. The newspaper also reported on safety and security concerns among inmates and prison staff alike.

Last month, Hochul announced that close to 200 inmates from Rikers Island would be released, in addition to transferring hundreds of inmates at Rikers Island to state prisons. 

According to a press release on Hochul’s Wednesday announcement, the 230 inmates are slated to be temporarily transferred to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and Taconic Correctional Facility, in twice weekly trips starting next week. 

Anthony Annucci, New York's acting corrections commissioner, will then make recommendations “on approaches to longer-term solutions” for 230 inmates, according to Hochul’s office.

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Missing Long Island Man Found


A Long Island man who went missing has been found.

Douglas Graham Wesbee of Medford had last been seen Tuesday, Oct. 19.

On Thursday evening, Oct. 21, Suffolk County Police said "Graham-Wesbee has been located, unharmed."

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Loved ones feared the worst after police found a missing 27-year-old Long Island man's car -- with the motor running -- as well as his cellphone and shoes. They're hoping someone can help find him.

Douglas Graham Wesbee of Medford visited his brother in Bay Shore in Suffolk County around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19, then spoke with his mother and aunt by phone before sending a text at 2:07 p.m.

His phone apparently went dead after that, said the aunt, Simone Quinn.

Quinn said there were questions about whether Wesbee visited with his estranged father that same day. He was reported missing to the Ridge Police Department on Wednesday, Oct. 20, she said.

Police found Wesbee's vehicle at Bethpage State Park in Nassau County with the ignition running and his driver’s license inside, Quinn said. They also reportedly found his shoes at Bethpage State Park,and his cellphone at Sean Dixon Memorial Park in Medford.

Wesbee -- who works as a Realtor with Century 21 and is an amateur boxer -- was described as 5-foot-9-inches tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing black jogging pants, a black jacket and red and white sneakers, his aunt said.

Anyone who sees Wesbee or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to call police -- or contact Quinn directly at 848-282-5073. You could also email: [email protected].

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