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Life Safety Education in Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Municipality: Manlius
County: Onondaga County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

Village Hall: (315) 682-9171

The Village of Manlius underwent a difficult task with a simple goal; Prevention through Education. The Manlius Fire Department/EMS, in conjunction with the Fayetteville-Manlius School District, created a program to educate students, parents, and the community of the rising opioid epidemic within the community. Their goal was to educate the public on the severity of opioid usage, how to alert someone when they recognize someone using, and what to look for in someone who may be using opioids. One of the Village’s most effective tools was there use of open-dialogue between the speakers and public, rather than simply lecturing. Reports from the Fire Department of student responses indicate that the program was an overwhelming success in educating the student – the Department hoping this education will correlate to their next stage, seeking an overall decrease in opioid overdoses in the community.

Adopt-a-Cop

Municipality: Freeport
County: Nassau County
Population: More than 50,000
Type: Village

Village Hall: (516) 377-2300

The Village of Freeport has successfully implemented their Adopt-a-Cop program for the last twenty-four years. The program centers on fourth-grade classrooms in the Freeport Public School District “adopting” a local police-officer from the Freeport PD. The sponsored police-officer visits the children initially in the beginning of the year, and follows up with monthly check-ins. The program was designed around fostering a positive sense of trust and security in the children by law enforcement. The program ends with an annual “Adopt-a-Cop Day” where the police-officers showcase what it is like to be a police-officer, demonstrating some of the department’s equipment like K-9, motorcycle officers, Air Bureau and more. The Police Department attributes the program as a hallmark of awareness, and positive public opinions of the Department. The Village encourages all municipalities to implement a similar program, as it is a proactive measure to reassure positive exchange between law enforcement and the public, while also effectively dispelling negative stereotypes.

Transit Consolidation for Sustainability

Municipality: Poughkeepsie
County: Dutchess County
Population: 10,001 to 50,000
Type: City

2018 Local Government Achievement Award (FIRST PLACE WINNER)

Village Hall: (845) 451-4200

The City of Poughkeepsie Transit System had been experiencing declining ridership for a number of years, requiring subsidies from the City’s general fund of between $300,000-$500,000 annually. The City also faced increasing difficulty maintaining compliance, which would eventually lead to a loss of critical funding. Dutchess County transit also operated bus routes which included areas of the City.

It was decided that consolidation between the two bus systems would not only have a significant positive fiscal impact on the City, which has been wrestling with a large general fund deficit, but would also increase County ridership and allow for the elimination of routes/stops which had previously been served by both systems. After successful negotiations with Dutchess County, the City discontinued its bus service effective July 1, 2017. City transit assets were transferred to the County under a licensing agreement, which allows them to remain in "transit service," thereby avoiding potential Federal recapture of up to $1.9 million.

Operation Safe Streets

Municipality: Freeport
County: Nassau County
Population: 10,001 to 50,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (516) 377-2300

The Village of Freeport implemented “Operation Safe Streets,” which includes quality of life meetings where any resident or business owner can visit the mayor’s office to speak with the mayor directly. The village also equipped all patrol police officers with body cameras, the first Police Department in the State to mandate the use of the equipment. And the village installed a fiber optic loop around the village’s perimeter and installed 27 fixed license plate readers (LPRs), which instantly alert all patrol police vehicles of certain criminal activity.

Deer Management Plan

Municipality: Fayetteville
County: Onondaga County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (315) 637-9864

The Fayetteville Deer Management Plan originated through requests from residents for a solution to the overpopulation of white-tailed deer in the Village of Fayetteville. Residents had been reaching out to the village regarding increased deer-vehicle collisions, personal property damage and more troubling an increase in Lyme disease.The mayor established a Deer Committee in September 2015 to determine the need for and the direction of a Deer Management Plan. The Deer Committee is made up of village trustees, village residents and other interested parties.

Fire Department Student Intern Bunk-In Program

Municipality: East Syracuse
County: Onondaga County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award WINNER (First Place)

Village Hall: (315) 437-3541

The Student Intern Bunk-In Program is a win-win for everybody. Since 1995, the program supports and assists in the coordination of a bunk-in program for fire service organizations throughout Onondaga County. Onondaga County Community College offers an associate degree program in Fire Protection Technology. Students enrolled in the fire protection program are eligible to apply for internships as bunk-ins with local host fire departments. Having started with six host fire departments, the program currently has 14 for both fire and EMS, including Moyers Corners, Liverpool, North Syracuse and DeWitt.