The payback from taxes is probably becasue almost all of the NYS Correction Facilities (to use the current buzzword) are located Upstate. Not counting the Federal Prison at Ray Brook, there are 10 NYS Correctional Facilities in the three Northeasternmost Counties (Clinton, Essex & Franklin)alone:
Moriah Shock, and Adirondack (Ray Brook) in Essex; Clinton (Dannemora), Lyon Mountain and Altona in Clinton; and Upstate, Franklin and Bare Hill all in Malone; Chateaugay Drug in the town of the same name and Camp Gabriels in that town; all of these being in Franklin County. These places alone make NYS the largest employer in NE New York. And the vast majority of the inmate population is from south of Westchester County.
Getting way far from the topic here, but my .02 worth just to make a point.