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Does Owego Police Survey Violate Election Law?

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A survey mailed to Owego residents regarding police coverage options is causing turmoil in the village.

The Village Public Safety Committee is listed as the sender of the survey, but Village of Owego Mayor Kevin Millar says that the options and numbers listed on the flyer did not receive the necessary approval from the Village Board prior to being sent out.

Millar calls the survey a campaign piece designed to improperly influence the election on March 18th. He says it might violate New York State Election Law.

According to Public Safety Committee Member Ann Lockwood she was not aware the board's authorization was required.

Lockwood says, "It didn't say it came from the Village of Owego, it came from the Village Safety Committee. Somehow it seems like that would be enough. If we were asking people to vote on something I would believe it would have to come from the board but we didn't ask them for any kind of a vote."

Mayor Millar says, "My biggest concern is that there's misinformation going out to village residents that this is an official document and that it has some meaning."

Millar says that the survey will be given to the appropriate enforcement agencies for action on potential violations of election or municipal law.