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Residents to vote on Police Department plan- many still have questions

By NICOLE HART

YORKVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - The final village board meeting in Yorkville will be held Tuesday evening (12/06/11), before taxpayers will vote on an issue that has been around for years; to keep the Yorkville Police Department, or to dissolve it and have the Oneida County Sheriff's Department patrol the area.

Yorkville resident, Dr. Paula Carey says there are too many unanswered questions at this stage for her to feel comfortable moving forward to a vote. She says she's not convinced the proposal would work either. Carey has been following this proposal closely and says, "How can we vote reasonably and responsibly if we have so many unanswered questions?"

Mayor of Yorkville, Tony Leone, says, "You don't know if it's going to work until you do it." Also saying, that there is no doubt in his mind (this) will work. He went on to say, "If by some slim chance this doesn't work, we can go back in the police business."

On the phone with NEWSChannel 2, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, wanted to make sure he stressed, "I want to assure the people that we're going to give them 24-hour protection; an enhanced level of protection at a lesser cost." Later saying, "24 hours a day, seven days a week, there will be a sheriff's car in the village. There will be an enhanced level of protection, better protection for the village than what they have now."

Mayor Leone and Sheriff Maciol both said that by eliminating the Yorkville Police Department and having the Sheriff's Department patrol the village, Yorkville would save $40,000 a year. Carey rebuts that by saying, "it's not about dollars and cents. It's about the safety of the people in the village."

The signs that have been placed throughout the village to encourage residents to vote down the proposal, have the Mayor and Sheriff upset. Both referring to the lack of safety quotes on the signs stating they would never put the public's safety at risk.

Mayor Leone says he had office hours for residents to come and ask questions, but no one has come to see him, has called him or has approached him to get more answers. "I do return calls. And no, we're not trying to hide anything. There is no alterior motive."

Sheriff Maciol says, "They are welcome to e-mail me or call the office with any questions and concerns..." "...I'm open to suggestions from residents."

To contact Sheriff Maciol, click on the link below: http://oneidacountysheriff.us/contact/contact.aspx

Carey urges residents to attend the village board meeting Tuesday evening at 7:30.

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