New York Unveils Its Own Hand Sanitizer Made By Prison Inmates

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced "New York State Clean" — a hand sanitizer made by the State of New York in response to price gouging and supply shortages.

Cuomo said it has 75% alcohol and joked that it has a "very nice floral bouquet," but later clarified that he detects a hint of citrus.

The hand sanitizer will be provided to government agencies, schools, the MTA, and prisons, and will also be distributed to New Rochelle — which has been a hotspot for the virus.

"It’s much cheaper to make it ourselves than to buy it on the open market," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the state hopes to produce 100,000 gallons per week.

"This is a superior product to products now on the market," Cuomo said. "You can't get it on the market and when you get it, it's very, very expensive."

Hand sanitizer has been in short supply as people have been stocking up to protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus.

As demand grows, so do reports of price gouging for the coveted germ-killing gel. Cuomo said they've received reports of stores selling hand sanitizer for $80 a bottle.

The state's new hand sanitizer is being produced by Corcraft, a state program that teaches prison inmates work ethic and skills by training them how to make a variety of high-quality products, including glass cleaner, floor cleaners, degreasers, laundry detergent, vehicle fluids and hand cleaners, at manufacturing shops inside 14 of New York's correctional facilities.