Sheriff’s Dept. helps with Border Patrol stops near Champlain Bridge

The Essex County Board of Supervisors

The Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Essex County Sheriff’s Department was part of a check point with New York State Police and Border Patrol agents recently.

During the July 9 Public Safety Committee meeting, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava asked Sheriff Richard Cutting about a June 24 traffic stop that was located near the Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point. The supervisor was concerned that the county was paying overtime for an officer to be out “checking for registrations on a Sunday.”

Cutting said that the stop was done in conjunction with the federal Border Patrol.

“It is part of a Border Patrol tactical package,” Cutting said. “There was a Border Patrol Agent there with a K-unit working on the stop. You may not have always been able to see him, but he was there.”

Cutting added that the 121 hours of overtime that was generated from the stops would be picked up by Border Patrol.

“They do not have the criminal capability, so they need the local law enforcement to hand it off when they have a situation like that,” Cutting said. “During that time, there were 18 tickets, seven arrests, two underage alcohol arrests and a drug bust.”

During the meetings, supervisors in attendance thanked Cutting for the work of his department during the recent Fourth of July parades and events.

“I have heard nothing but good things about all of the celebrations,” Cutting said.

Communications station

Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow brought up the tabled motion concerning the Clinton-Essex-Franklin County Library System Bookmobile and the possibility to turn it into a three-county mobile communications base.

Morrow stopped short of bringing the motion back to the floor because Franklin County had also not acted on the measure, which would give the Bookmobile back to the counties for emergency services use.

“I called (Franklin County Emergency Services director) Ricky Provost and they have also tabled the resolution,” Morrow said. “I was going to bring it up and put the resolution on the floor, but I want to see what they are going to do.”

Scozzafava said that he would still rather see the library organization receive the gain from the sale of the vehicle.

“This issue has generated a lot of discussion and I will not support it,” he said. “It makes a lot more sense to let the library surplus it and sell it and then let them put the money into the budget. They are in here begging every year for money.”

Morrow said that he also was not ready to support the measure, but may if more information was brought out over the next month.

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