Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said prison laborers would be brewing hand sanitizerfor the state during the coronavirus outbreak, but prison workers claim that’s not the case.
Prison workers at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, the facility Cuomo said would be making its own hand sanitizer, told Vice News they were actually taking pre-made hand sanitizer and pouring it into bottles labeled with the “New York State Clean” brand.
A representative for the New York Department of Corrections told the outlet the hand sanitizer was coming from an outside vendor but declined to identify it.
Cuomo announced during a March 9 news conference that he would be using prison labor to make the hand sanitizer because coronavirus-related shortages made it cheaper for the state to make its own. He bragged about the high alcohol content in the disinfectant and said the state was adding a unique floral scent.