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State budget decision may save Warren County Sheriff’s Office boat patrols on Lake George

2011-03-28T15:58:00Z 2011-03-28T16:32:33Z State budget decision may save Warren County Sheriff’s Office boat patrols on Lake GeorgeDON LEHMAN Glens Falls Post-Star
March 28, 2011 3:58 pm  • 

QUEENSBURY -- Warren County supervisors received good budget news late last week - money to partially fund the county's police boat patrol program will be included in the state's 2011 budget.

County officials had learned in early February that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget would scrap a reimbursement program that provided the county with funding for 50 percent of the costs of the Sheriff's Office boat patrol, the majority of that effort going toward summer patrols on Lake George.

Sheriff Bud York told supervisors on Monday that the New York State Sheriff's Association notified him Friday that the money had been restored to the budget and would be available this year.

County officials had concerns about whether they would be able to continue the program without the state reimbursement.

The patrols had been on the chopping block during budget negotiations in 2009, a year when the state reimbursement rate was cut from 75 percent to 50 percent.

But the retirement that year of the Sheriff's Office's chief deputy freed up money the county used instead for a scaled-back boat patrol.

The boat patrol cost $62,500 last year. The Sheriff's Office historically has provided the only full-time police boat presence on Lake George, with peace officers from the Lake George Park Commission also responding to calls. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and State Police occasionally put police boats on Lake George, as well.

Queensbury at-Large Supervisor William VanNess, chairman of the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee, said he was optimistic supervisors would continue to fund the program for 2011 in light of the state's decision to provide 50 percent reimbursement this year.

A lake as busy as Lake George in the summer needs police protection, said VanNess, a former sheriff's officer who has worked on the Park Commission's boat patrol.

"There may be some questions again from some of the supervisors, but in a county that relies on tourism, we need that protection on the lake," VanNess said.

The boat patrol on Lake George typically operates between Memorial Day weekend and Columbus Day weekend. The Sheriff's Office also maintains a patrol boat on Schroon Lake, with some of those costs picked up by the town of Schroon.

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  1. LGR
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    LGR - March 29, 2011 12:12 pm
    They tow boats in? Well then why did they call me a tow service last year which charged me an arm and a leg? This all sounds like another railroad to me. All this money coming in to pay for it, but it still ends up costing the local taxpayer forever. I guess making budget cuts is not the sheriff's priority!!
  2. justinfo
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    justinfo - March 29, 2011 9:55 am
    (sbrhwkp3 said)-Sickening. Another waste of money.

    Have fun driving around the Lake, making sure jet skiers are 500 feet from shore.

    Everyone wants to have their cake and eat it, too. It needs to stop.

    Somebody who has no clue of what happens on Lake George if you make a comment like that. They tow disabled boats in, find lost kids on smaller crafts. I guess instead of positive public relations, they should just sit there and stare everybody down. The public only hears abour 2% of the calls that happen on the lake. Why you ask? Because of people who think like this commentor. Negative. Did you ever think maybe I should know more before I comment...LUZERNMTN hit it right on the head.
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  3. ManBearPig
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    ManBearPig - March 29, 2011 12:08 am
    Let me get this straight, the state gives the county 50% - 75% of the cost of the county boat patrols to patrol Lake George. I believe a few years ago the state cut the state police boat patrol on Lake George because of a lack of funds. No wonder NY is in such a mess.
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    LUZERNEMTN - March 28, 2011 7:24 pm
    Kind of makes you laugh (or not) when out on the lake and you see the 2 officers in their shorts/t-shirt uniform with gun. Most of the time they are tied to a boat of a friend they find and stay there for 20 minutes or more. Except when they are using the binoculars to checkout the girls in bikinis. I can not complain, because they never hassle anyone. The LG patrol are way more strict. Don't even get me started on the DEC/Encon guys.
  5. stabren
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    stabren - March 28, 2011 6:46 pm
    Darn it, I guess I can't have that party in Sandy Bay this year at the edge of the woods!!
  6. sbrhwkp3
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    sbrhwkp3 - March 28, 2011 4:27 pm
    Sickening. Another waste of money.

    Have fun driving around the Lake, making sure jet skiers are 500 feet from shore.

    Everyone wants to have their cake and eat it, too. It needs to stop.
  7. Real American
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    Real American - March 28, 2011 4:24 pm
    I guess things aren't that bad after all. Does this mean that there will be no teacher layoffs?


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