Andy MattisonJun 11, 2018, 8:55 pm

Westchester develops plan to share resources between towns

Officials say it saves some areas thousands of dollars

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WHITE PLAINS — In Westchester, the county police also serve as the police force in Mount Kisco, a partnership the town’s mayor says works just fine.

"We have access to resources that would've been harder to get a hold of on a moment's notice,” Mount Kisco Mayor Gina Picinich said.

It's a partnership the town claims saves them about $500,000 each year.

Westchester County Police Chief inspector Chief Calabrese calls the collaboration the wave of the future.

"Our latest endeavor with Mount Kisco, in addition to saving them $500,000 every year, this past year, their tax levy was the lowest it has been the percentage in 15 years," Calabrese said.

Now, the county is looking at more ways to use shared services to try and better serve the people who live in Westchester and to save money.

"The smaller the municipality, the more those fixed costs represent a percentage of what your local taxpayers have to pay so I think it's in those communities that you're likely to have the first round of willingness to look at cooperative efforts," Westchester County Executive George Latimer said.

Westchester follows a state requirement to put together a shared services panel with Nassau and Suffolk leading in looking at ways towns and cities can share police, fire, and ambulance services.

"Our challenge is to identify where those connections exist where they can be productive and they could be under any range of activities," Latimer said.

The county wants to hear from the public and has scheduled two hearings for Thursday in Mount Kisco and in Yonkers. The first step in collecting feedback before submitting a plan to the state later this year.

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