Woman troubled by treatment from a village policeman talks to the board about Oct. 12 incident
The North Syracuse Village Board heard specific concerns regarding the village police department at their regular meeting held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 11.
Peggy Gazlay didn't hold back anything from her testimony during the citizen's voice portion of the meeting. Gazlay said she was "talked out of" speaking at the November village board meeting because the matter "could be handled in private."
Gazlay said she spoke to Trustee Mark Atkinson once over the phone to discuss the incident. She also met with village of North Syracuse Mayor John Heindorf and village Police Chief Tim Connelly after the incident.
She gave the board a brief overview of a call she made to the village police during the evening of Oct. 12.
Although a town of Salina resident, Gazlay works at the Plank Road Medical Center, located at 792 N. Main St. in the village of North Syracuse, which is where the incident occurred.
Gazlay said when she was leaving for the day at about 6 p.m. when she noticed a "suspicious man" walking around the parking lot. Her son's girlfriend was with her at the time, while there was one other female employee in a downstairs office inside the building.
Knowing that no one else was in the building, Gazlay said she was very worried.
"As soon as we got in the car, the man rushed the car," Gazlay said about the Oct. 12 incident. "He said, 'You got a phone, I need a phone, can I use your phone?'"
Gazlay told the man they didn't have a phone, but the man asked if there was a phone inside the Plank Road Medical Center's building. She told him the building was closed for the day and that he should leave the area.