Plan calls to slash police spending in Clarkstown

The department has been called one of the most expensive in New York state. Town officials want to slash police spending by nearly $3 million, or 5 percent of the current budget.

The department has been called one of the most expensive in New York state. Town officials want to slash police spending by nearly $3 million, or 5 percent of the current budget. (9/22/16)

CLARKSTOWN - The Clarkstown Police Department could be smaller and less expensive under a budget proposal from Supervisor George Hoehmann.

The department has been called one of the most expensive in New York state. Town officials want to slash police spending by nearly $3 million, or 5 percent of the current budget.

"We brought in an outside firm that did an efficiency study. They were able to identify a lot of different areas. We used that study as a blueprint,” said Hoehmann.

The plan calls for elimination of some vacant positions and attrition through retirement. New officers will also come on with lower starting salaries.

One person left out of the budget talks is suspended Police Chief Michael Sullivan. The chief, who has been accused of insubordination and other allegations, has said the plan is a step in the wrong direction.

Hoehmann says the cuts will not hurt police protection, but town residents who spoke with News 12 weren't so sure.

"I don't think it's a good idea. We have a great system here. No crime. They respond very quick. I don't think they should cut that much,” said John Eng, of New City.

 

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