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Skaneateles Dispatcher's letter to Mayor and Village Board

We, the dispatchers are asking that you pass the state's early (retirement) incentive. The dispatchers are the lowest paid village employees and we are the ones you are targeting instead of starting at the top.

We all have been committed to our jobs and to the community that we serve. None of us have ever abused our sick and /or personal time. We have worked swing shifts for many years, working evenings, nights and holidays keeping the center operational 24/7 - 365 days a year.

This was more than just a job for us. It was neighbor, helping neighbor. We enjoy what we do at the Communication Center on a daily basis.

Mayor, you approached the dispatchers with the early (retirement) incentive before it was even told to us that the communications was closing. I know myself with the expectation of receiving early incentives it interested me into thinking about retirement. Then, Mayor, you called us in for another meeting and told us the communication center would be closing. In that meeting you told us there were some on the board questioning the early incentive. You were asked if you were in favor of the early incentive and you stated, "yes." We hope we can count on your support, Mayor.

We at the dispatch have had stress put on us every time the budget time came up. The first thing that was ALWAYS on the cutting block was the dispatch, even though the public, who are the taxpayers, wanted it. Once again we ask that you pass the early incentive to show your support for your employees that were loyal to the village and to the community.

In this morning's Post Standard, Jeff Kramer (Humor Columnist) made a mockery of our Communication Center. I took offense to that as we have all thought of our jobs as a service to the community.

Lorrie Gleason

Dispatcher

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