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East Syracuse reschedules public referendum on police to April 16

— Due to material changes to the inter-municipal agreement with the village of East Syracuse and the town of Dewitt, the village of East Syracuse board of trustees voted to reschedule the public referendum on the police abolishment on March 21. This will allow the residents of the village additional time to consider the referendum and the village to process some contractual changes with the inter-municipal agreement.

Based on some contract settlement changes between the village of East Syracuse and the town of Dewitt, the village board has adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an inter-municipal agreement pursuant to General Municipal Law Article 5-G between the village of East Syracuse and the town of DeWitt contemplating enhanced town police services within the village of East Syracuse.

The contract is strictly contingent upon the approval of voters by referendum. The base contract period is from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2018.

The contract details and provides for (among other things) a scope of enhanced services to be provided by the town of DeWitt Police Department, the transfer of personnel from the village of East Syracuse to the town of DeWitt, transfer of equipment and vehicles, and compensation. A copy of the proposed contract will be placed on file in the office of the village clerk.

The East Syracuse board voted to cancel the special election that was to be held Wednesday, April 2 at the village municipal building for all qualified electors within the village of East Syracuse for the purpose of voting on the adoption or rejection of local law abolishing the village of East Syracuse Police Department including provisions for an agreement with the town of DeWitt for enhances services, both adopted by resolution of the village board on March 3 due to material changes to the inter-municipal agreement.

A public hearing and informational hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at the municipal building to consider a new Local Law #1(Amended) of 2014 abolishing the village police department pursuant to NYS Village Law Section 8-800 subject to a public referendum and mutual execution of the Inter-municipal Agreement approved herewith.

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