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Mount Kisco Gets $340K Grant For County Police Consolidation

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety will consolidate with the Mount Kisco Police Department thanks to a $340,000 state grant that was announced Wednesday.
The Westchester County Department of Public Safety will consolidate with the Mount Kisco Police Department thanks to a $340,000 state grant that was announced Wednesday. Photo Credit: File Photo

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Mount Kisco has received a $340,000 state grant for its proposed police consolidation with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the village announced Wednesday.

The funding was part of the state's Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program, according to the village. The grant will help pay for implementing consolidation, including retrofitting expenses, the village said.

"While other communities are reducing road patrols, Mount Kisco will be enhancing our community based policing initiatives," Mayor Michael Cindrich said in a statement.

Mount Kisco is projected to save more than $2.4 million over the life of a five-year contract with the county, the village said.

The proposed consolidation calls for the county police department to provide three officers on patrol to the village during the day and two during midnight tours. The village said this level will be higher than what exists now. The village's announcement also said a sergeant will supervise the patrol force round-the-clock, which is currently not the case.

Under the proposed consolidation, County Police would operate out of Mount Kisco. The proposal also includes allowing for village police to join the county.

In June, Mount Kisco's Village Board of Trustees gave its approval for seeking a state grant , although the amount was for $400,000.

Talks between Mount Kisco and the county still are ongoing, according to Kieran O'Leary, a spokesman for the county police.

"The process is moving forward but has not been finalized," O'Leary said. "The county and village are working together on a contract for police services at this time.  In addition, there still are some civil service issues to resolve as well."

O'Leary also detailed initiatives already happening between the two police departments.

"County police officers have been riding along on patrols in Mount Kisco to become familiar with the village," he explained. "That also offers an opportunity for village officers to become familiar with the county police and its practices. The county police Communications Center has also been doing dispatching duties for Mount Kisco as part of the cross-training and familiarization effort that is under way."

The local PBA has voiced its support for the consolidation. Police Chief Joseph Spinelli, who assumed his current post on Nov. 11 and voiced his support for a consolidation when he was PBA president, reiterated his position in an interview earlier this month. It is unclear, according to Spinelli, what would happen to his job should the consolidation take place.

Daily Voice's previous coverage of the proposed consolidation is available here.

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