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Voters hit the polls to decide fate of Yorkville Police Department

By JOLEEN FERRIS

YORKVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - It's "D-Day" in the Village of Yorkville for the local police department.

The polls opened at Noon to decide if the police department should stay as is, or if it should be dissolved into the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Residents were already lined up well before Noon on Tuesday, with a lot of people saying they worry that public safety could be compromised. The proposal has been a very controversial subject throughout the village, with people weighing in on both sides.

What Yorkville taxpayers are voting on is whether to dissolve the Yorkville Police Department and have the Oneida County Sheriff's Department patrol the village. The three full time Yorkville police officers who currently work for the Village Police Department would be offered jobs with the Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff's insignia would be put on the Yorkville cruisers. That would also mean the Oneida County Sheriff's Department would assume legal liability for those on the job lawsuits.

Eight part-time village police officers would be let go if the vote is passed.

The driving force behind this vote for proponents of it is money, or lack of it. It's projected that this move would save the village about $40,000 a year. Village Mayor Anthony Leone says that other village services may be cut and taxes could go up if the plan doesn't pass. Opponents of the proposal say they don't want to lose their own police protection.

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