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Police Department, street closing top Seneca Falls Town Board agenda

The town Police Department and the three month-long closure of a portion of West Bayard Street may spark the most discussion at today’s Town Board meeting.

The police issue was prompted by Supervisor Greg Lazzaro’s announcement on Nov. 21 that he plans to introduce a motion today to demote Police Chief Stu Peenstra and Lt. Tim Snyder to sergeant ranks. That follows a petition being filed by Peenstra and Snyder for recognition of the two of them as a separate bargaining unit within town government.

Lazzaro said he wants to demote the two to sergeant to put them in the same union that represents rank and file officers and sergeants in the department. He said if approved, he would seek applicants to serve as acting chief and lieutenant, who would not be in a union.

Peenstra and Snyder oppose Lazzaro’s proposal, as do several board members. Town resident Frank Sinicropi has asked to address the board on the proposed change in police titles.

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