The people who want to dissolve the Village of Brockport are running scared and it shows in the ad they ran on page three of this week’s Suburban News. The ad is ugly and cluttered, and it says contradictory things.
The ad shows that the people who are trying to dissolve the Village are desperate because they don’t have a logical answer to what will happen to the crime rate in Brockport if the Village is dissolved. So they make three stupid suggestions, all of which are impossible to achieve.
In their ad, the dissolutionists claim that they have “several options for police protection”. Their first suggestion is to make the Brockport Police Department a town-wide police force. Unfortunately, the Town of Sweden has already rejected that idea because it would cause an increase in taxes for every resident of the Town of Sweden.
Their second idea is that the Town of Sweden can create a special police district with the approval of the State Legislature. This idea is even more ridiculous than the first one. The people who want to dissolve the Village have been screaming about taxes in the Village, but this proposal will definitely not reduce taxes. It might even make taxes higher. Somebody is going to have to oversee their special police district, and that won’t come cheap. But even more than that; how is the town government going to get approval from the dysfunctional State Legislature in Albany? Getting such approval is a pure pipe dream, and that’s being polite.
Their third idea is that the Monroe County Sherriff will absorb responsibility for policing the streets of Brockport “with an increased presence”. Sorry folks! The Monroe County Sherriff has already said that they do not have the staff to do that and that they have no plans to hire more deputies if the village is dissolved.
Moreover, the bar graph in the ad clearly indicates that the crime rate in Brockport will increase if the Village is dissolved. According to the graph, the crime index per officer in Brockport is below 10.00 while the crime index per officer for the area covered by the Monroe County Sherriff is a solid 10.00. So according to the people who want to dissolve the Village, the crime rate will increase, but somehow we will still be safe. That makes no sense.
At the bottom of their ugly ad, the dissolutionists are so desperate that hey resort once again to comparing apples and oranges, by comparing Brockport to Lyons. They ignore the fact that on February 13th, the Democrat & Chronicle ran a story about how Lyons laments imminent loss of local police, Because their local police will be replaced with a roving squad of county sheriff’s deputies who will take on Lyons’ nearly 6,000 annual calls on a “closest car” basis. But the people who are trying to dissolve the Village of Brockport don’t want to be confused by the facts, so they ignore the facts and make things up.
They also ignore the facts that Lyons is much smaller then Brockport and does not have a SUNY college in the village. According to the 2010 census, the Village of Lyons has a population of 3,536; while Brockport has a population of 8,336 that grows to 16,442 people when the college is in session. This means that Brockport is 57.6% larger then Lyons during the summer and 78.5% larger than Lyons during the school year. So comparing the two villages doesn’t make any sense. But then, neither does dissolving the village.