State Police Superintendent Col. David B. Mitchell spoke at the New Windsor Town Council meeting last night, thanking citizens for their support of the resident trooper program.
He also presented awards to two local elected officials.
"We are fortunate to have the working relationship that we do, and we want to do more to keep you informed," Mitchell told the audience of about 40 people at Town Hall.
Mitchell and Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. had dinner together yesterday, Gullo said, and the two discussed ways the police could better communicate with New Windsor residents.
"We want to have a little more feedback from the resident trooper to the citizens," Gullo said. "[Mitchell] suggested contributing an article to the town's newsletter, which comes out quarterly. For instance, we're trying to promote seat-belt use, so maybe they will provide us with figures about seat-belt use and accidents."
Resident Trooper Andy Smith divides his time between New Windsor and Union Bridge, and both towns contribute to his salary.
Mitchell presented awards to Gullo and Councilman Ronnie Blacksten, who previously handled police matters for the council, for "outstanding public service."
"The main purpose of the visit was to let the town know that we do appreciate them and to continue the relationship we have had with the resident trooper program," Mitchell said after his speech.
Also at last night's meeting, the mayor presented the proposed fiscal year 2000 budget, which does not include any increase in property tax rates.
The mayor and council will hold a public hearing on the budget at which citizens can voice their concerns at 7 p.m. April 22 at Town Hall. Copies of the budget will be available a week or two before the hearing.
Pub Date: 4/08/99