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Broome Co. DA's Office Hands Over $50,000 to Local Police

By Jason Weinstein.
A potential windfall for local law enforcement. The Broome County District Attorney's office announced today it is returning $50,000 to those agencies.

That money has been "sitting in a box" in the DA's evidence room. District Attorney Steve Cornwell says much of the money is from drug proceeds. One case dates back to 1979. The individual police departments have to go through a civil forfeiture procedure to know how much of the money they can keep.

"Now what we'll do on drug cases is we'll take the money through the forfeiture proceedings. Upon a conviction the District Attorney's Office will file in Supreme Court the necessary documents to obtain the money that's the instrumentality of the crime. We'll be more aggressive with that," said Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell (R).

"One of the initiatives I wanted to get off the ground for our Department this year was a body camera program. With the tax cap for villages being as low as it is this year extra money is really hard to come by," said Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge.

The Binghamton and Johnson City Police Departments can expect to see about $10,000 each of the money. Vestal Police, the Broome County Sheriff's office, and the State Police will also receive significant portions of the money.