WHY LICENSE PLATE READERS CAN CUT DOWN ON CRIME…
Yesterday Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo met with the Town Board to discuss an innovative initiative that could cut down on crime—license plate readers. A license plate reader is a computerized system with integrated cameras, mounted on the outside of a vehicle or mounted on a fixed location. The police department currently has some license readers on police cars. It can take about 20 pictures per second per camera. It matches those plate read to a hotlist instantly alerting police to stolen vehicles, DMV infractions, amber alert hits and the NYS violent gang/terrorist organization file. Hotlist comes from DMV through NYS police and can be customized for local needs, including lists of persons wanted on local criminal warrants.
The photo of the plate and car surrounding it are saved. If a hit with hotlist, alarm sounds. All scanned plates are downloaded to a central server. LPR data may be analyzed by the Westchester Intelligence Center and is included in the larger pool of LPR data for the NY metropolitan area for use by law enforcement agencies including but not limited to the Joint Terrorist Task Force and NYPD Intel.
Participating sharing agencies limit the use of the data for law enforcement agencies. Some residents have expressed concern about privacy issues. The chief indicated that the license plate reader info would not be used for civil matters. The license plate readers can be used to catch would be burglars and to cut down on local crime. The town will be seeking grants for the license plate readers. I have advised the Police Chief that I would be willing to support the funding of two readers to be placed in a section of town that has experienced burglaries.
A few weeks ago we started a new initiative: CAN YOU BEAT OUR PURCHASE PRICE? Every week I post purchases on the town web site. Do you think we are overpaying? If yes, can you provide us with the names of other vendors we can invite to submit bids to the town? If we are getting a great deal and you’d like to know who we buy from, I’d be happy to share the information with you. The goal: to work together so we all cut our costs. These are recent purchases:
(20) 25LB. CONTRACTOR’S MIXTURE, 68% ANNUAL RYEGRASS, 10% KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS , 20% RYEGRASS SEED FOR PARKS & RECREATION, BID AWRD $22.50/ 25LB. BAG
(4) WHELEN LED 48” LIGHT BAR FOR CROWN VICTORIA POLICE CAR, PUURCHASED UNDER NEW YORK STATE CONTRACT FOR OUR POLICE CARS, $2605.12/EA
(15) COLLARD SHIRT, MODEL 2800 GILDAN, WITH 2 IMPRINT LOGOS, FOR SUMMER REC., $7.94/EA
Director of Purchasing
Town of Greenburgh
FUNDRAISER FOR LUNG CANCER PARTNERSHIPS…
Band Jam for a Cure for Lung Cancer, John Felix is a junior at Irvington HS. He lost his longtime guitar teacher, Conor Lyons ( a very talented musician who played all over- a great jazz musician) to Lung Cancer at a young age last July, then two weeks later, his paternal grandfather died from Lung Cancer. His maternal grandfather died from lung cancer before John was born. John has gotten many great professional and amateur bands together to play on Friday, May 13th at the Irvington High School Campus Theatre at 7pm. STudent price $10, and for everyone else $15 is the suggested donation All proceeds will benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org
There are great bands playing including Big Onion, Powderfinger featuring Bob and Norm, the DWTT Teachers Band from Irvington , Big Daddy, Juke Joint , Jake Glantz, Mark Mazur and The Quintessentials. For more information the Facebook Link is https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=194617343907506
The Irvington Community Advisory Board is a Sponsor of the event and the IHS key club is advising. Anything you can do to promote this is so welcomed!