In reviewing the budget proposed by the Legislature's Ways and Means Committee we are amazed at their blatant disregard for public safety in this Community. Their budget proposal calls for the elimination of 29 Police Officer positions which would include laying off 14 deputies; it calls for the elimination of the life saving aviation program and the sale of AIR-1; it denies the purchase of police cars, bullet proof vests and ammunition all necessary to perform the most basic of police functions. This budget will dramatically increase response times to emergencies and limit the resources available to handle such emergencies.
The men and women of the Sheriff's Police Department proudly serve the residents of Onondaga County and we will continue to do so despite the actions of the Legislature.
We are shocked by the irresponsible actions of the Legislature, which compromise the safety and security we enjoy and we will continue to work diligently with Sheriff Walsh and the County Executive's Office to restore the cuts to our budget in an effort to maintain the level of service that our community deserves.
Brian Crowley is president of the Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff's Police Association, a union representing the 228 men and women of the Onondaga county Sheriff's Police Department.