New police headquarters christened

State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, remarked the new substation meant a great deal to northern Warren and southern Essex counties.

"This new station demonstrates a commitment to coverage, cooperation and camaraderie," she said. "Crime per capita in rural New York State is very high, and police presence in our Adirondack communities is very important."

State Sen. Elizabeth O'C Little, R-Queensbury, praised the idea of shared services, an idea she has championed for years to streamline government.

"I can't tell you how pleased I am about this inter-agency cooperation ... considering the 'Us and Them' in our lives just has to disappear," said Little.

She explained police agencies first requested this new substation 31 years ago.

"As you know, things in government take time," she said.

Srgt. Ken Kipper Jr. of Albany, as well as many troopers to be stationed locally, noted how the substation would be particularly useful, with its spacious facilities, during a large-scale incident.

The building is owned by Elizabeth and Christopher Walsh of Long Island, who own a second home in Chester.

Christopher Walsh, who is an electrician in New York City, said he was pleased to host the law officers in the building he and his wife had built. He declined to reveal the price of the building, which is under a long-term lease to the state.

While more than a dozen troopers and as many retired officers reviewed the station's amenities, including a dispatch room, interrogation rooms, spacious storage areas, meeting rooms, kitchen, and a spacious locker room, others admired the lobby that includes a multi-tiered vaulted ceiling in the entranceway, stone pillars and brick facade.

Looking at the computer and GPS equipment, the retired troopers recalled how advanced the new facilities were in comparison to the small substation nearby that was in use since 1956 until just a few weeks ago.

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