Sen. Chuck Schumer among lawmakers who propose turning Sing Sing Prison into a museum

The almost 200-year-old maximum security prison currently sits vacant on the banks of the Hudson River. (7/1/14)

OSSINING - Lawmakers are pushing for federal funding to turn the famous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining into a museum.

The almost 200-year-old maximum security prison currently sits vacant on the banks of the Hudson River.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says turning the prison into a museum could create hundreds of jobs and increase tourism in Westchester County. Among the exhibits featured would include the prison's electric chair, nicknamed "Old Sparky."

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Some residents are concerned a boost in tourism would bring traffic and parking problems. Studies and work designs still need to be done before the proposed project can move further.

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