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LETTER: Keeping security and service in DeWitt

To the editor:

By now you should be aware of our campaign message of “Security and Service”. We stress these issues in our town-wide mailers and lawn signs. Our stated goal is to “Save our DeWitt Police force and to keep our brush pick-up”.

Why are these important issues?

We wanted you to be aware of a proposal to make DeWitt a “suburban town.” This designation could have serious ramifications and could ultimately lead to the elimination of the DeWitt Police. We are concerned about this initiative because Democrats have indicated that the DeWitt Police is too expensive and have mentioned that we could save costs by using the Onondaga County Sheriff in place of our town police force. We do not believe that either of these proposals is a good idea and wanted to stress to town residents the importance we place upon security and the retention of our DeWitt police force, the busiest and most effective police force in the county.

Democrats on the town board have suggested that the town’s brush pick-up be eliminated. They would prefer to remove brush pick-up as a town provided service. Instead, residents could pay an additional fee to obtain brush service. The pick-up service would be significantly reduced. The number of pick-ups would be reduced from six monthly pick-ups to two pick-ups per year. Additionally, residents would be subject to further restrictions, including the increased burden of placing leaves into bags and bundling brush. We think this is a bad idea. Town residents like our current brush pick-up, as it helps our environment and makes DeWitt a cleaner place to live. It is one of the few ways we actually see our tax dollars directly at work. Eliminating this town-provided service does not make sense to us.

Over the past several years, Democrats on the board have made the environment their primary and secondary concern. Is the environment an important town issue? By all means it is. However, when we see the violence in our society, the targeting of students in schools, the recent efforts by our own DeWitt police force to break national crime rings in Carrier Circle, and teenagers in the city of Syracuse trying to “knock-out” senior citizens for sport, we believe the issue of security is even more important to town residents. Particularly given the significant resources already dedicated to environmental issues at the state and county level. We support the many important programs in our town. Our families participate in green initiatives and recreation programs, but we do not want to lose sight of the priority of police services. They are a critical factor in our quality of life, our safe and secure neighborhoods and they allow our families, youth, seniors and visitors to enjoy our town without the fear of crime. For these reasons we pledge that maintaining the security of our town and our schools will be the most important issue we consider as a town board.

We are asking for your support and your vote as we seek to maintain and enhance DeWitt’s “Security and Service”.

TONY ALBANESE, IRENE SCRUTON AND LYNN SIMONETTA-BLAIR

TOWN BOARD REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

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