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Mamaroneck Finds Harmony in Public Safety

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees unanimously pass three public safety related matters.

A pattern emerged at Monday night’s Village of Mamaroneck (VOM) Board of Trustees meeting: Trustee John Hofstetter found himself casting the only no vote on almost every major resolution, yet trustees voted unanimously on three issues related to public safety including allowing for online access of public police records, providing bailout kits for firefighters and buying a new thermal imaging camera.

Working with www.PoliceReports.com, the police department will streamline the distribution of accident reports, usually for insurance purposes. Each report will cost $6, a third of which will go to the village. This is not a revenue-generator, but a service, and reports are available for free in person at department headquarters.

Firefighter bailout kits, required to comply with state law, are literally lifelines. The complete system lets anyone rappel down the side of a building to safety using a hook, a rope and a harness.  The 40 kits, made by RIT, 20 units of standard New York City Fire Department harnesses and 10 oversize harnesses will cost the village $19,250.

Another fire safety device added to the department’s arsenal will be a T4 Thermal Imaging Camera made by E.D. Bullard Co. in Kentucky.  The $13,587 device, which detects heat sources, has several firefighting applications. It can determine if a fire is burning inside a wall, for example, and aid in search and rescue missions.

The board then returned to the divisive issue of tax levy appeals, or tax certiorari cases, in front of the board. With the majority poised to accept the proposed settlements, Hofstetter appealed not only the propriety of settling the matter- perhaps costing the village over $20,000 in lost revenue-but in also challenging the procedure, he received a rebuke from Mayor Norman Rosenblum, who said that “the procedure we’re going through is correct; I’m voting yes." The rest of the board followed the mayor for a 4 to 1 tally.

BG7 January 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
They could improve village efficiency by voting in an ordinance banning Hofstetters.
Mary Too January 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Mr. Hofstetter's negativity is well documented, and speaks for itself. Even his former allies are becoming critical of his antics. The residents of Mamaroneck deserve better representation.
T Hall January 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
4 to 1 seems to be a pattern
SRT January 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM
With run-away certeroris, falling revenues and a 2% tax cap coming for the next budget year I am happy to have a fiscal conservative like Hofstetter on the Board. He seems to be the only one cognizant of the looming budget crisis looming. Other board members appear all to willing to spend OPM, namely mine and yours.
BG7 January 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
SRT - this continual partisan nonsense leads to increased costs as you well know I'm sure. Relieving state mandates are where "fiscal conservatives" should be concetrating - not aping the dysfunction in Albabny and congress.
Mary Too January 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
SRT, what is a "certeroris", I've never heard that term before!
SRT January 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
BG7 - I don't disagree that state mandates like the 2% tax cap should be reversed but I think that the BOT unanimously voted to join with groups to lobby against that as well as unfunded mandates, but I am not sure what else you think they can do. I think that before we can complain about the state we should get our own house in order. In the last two years the Village has wasted a lot of our own time and money on ill conceived settlements and questionable projects. I tuned in late to the discussion about tax certeroris but I was surprised to hear that Hampshire Country Club was having the value of their property reduced to below what they paid for it and it was purchased after the real estate crash. I also thought that I heard the owner of the club say previously that they had made 2 million dollars worth of improvements to the club. How does this make financial sense? While I am the first to admit that I don't understand all the intricacies of the issue, until I hear a good explanation I don't see why Hofstetters objections on fiscal responsibility grounds is being criticized. Are you suggesting that he should have not stated his objections and voted his conscience just to be non-partisan?

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