Legislature Budget and Finance Meeting Draws Protests

The Legislature met on Thursday night to review County Executive Ed Day’s proposed $772 million budget for 2015. The proposal would cut 111 county employees to save $6.8 million, including 37 within the Sheriff’s Patrol Units. Thursday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting drew hundreds of residents and sheriff’s officers to the county office building in New City to protest the County Executive’s decisions and express their support for Sheriff Lou Falco, who has continuously voiced his disagreement with the cuts. According to Falco the layoffs would be done by seniority, which would disrupt county operations provided by specialized units such as arson, mounted, marine, an street patrols, and the bomb unit. Town Supervisors have worried over the past few weeks that the extra cost of losing Sheriff’s officers would fall on their residents. With Day’s budget proposal property taxes in the county would increase by two percent. Over the last three year taxes have increased by the double-digits, and Day stated that though unfortunate, cuts are necessary to get the county in check by paying $10 million dollars as part of the Deficit Reduction Law passed by the Legislature in 2012.

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