Owego Board Discuss Vacant Positions in the Owego Police Department
7/28/2014 (Updated 11:01:45 PM)(Source: Beth Rousseau)
"The police department... I've got a problem with them." Former Owego Board member Jim Lugursky is weighing in on the controversy from Monday night's Owego board meeting. Residents of the Village of Owego voiced their opinions about leaving two positions in the Owego Police Department vacant.
Mr. Lugursky had plenty to say. "My question and my problem is paying for it. We just cannot afford... this village can't afford this kind of police protection we've been getting."
The board assures residents that if the two position are vacant there would still be officers patrolling the area.
Board Member Ann Lockwood says "It wouldn't be uncovered, it would be covered by the sheriff department. We're waiting on a schedule from him."
Still, some residents feel that's not enough. Brett Kobylarz, a police officer for the village of owego feels that reducing the patrol hours of the owego police department could have devastating effects on the community.
"The Village of Owego is the county seed. we are the hub of Tioga County. It would be just like getting rid of the Binghamton Police Department for Broome County", said Kobylarz.
More than a dozen community members spoke in favor of filling the two vacant positions in the Owego police force. The mayor says that's been the most favorable option all a long.
Millard said,"I certainly hope so. i think we need them. they've been vacant for 2-3 months and the force is down by 2 people."
But it's not solely up to him. The entire board will have to reach a consensus. Which they will discuss during a work session on Thursday.
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