INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
.PARTNERS ... POLICE AND .THE PUBLIC .
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NEW VILLAGE TOW TRUCK keys are presented to -Mayor Robert J. Sweeney by low-bid supplier Edward
Reuper of Ocean-lea GMC Corporation, while Municipal Garage Superintendent Fred Frankel looks on.
Tow away, zones are being established on some streets during certain hours, to assure more effi- .'
cient street cleaning and snow removal operations. Cars parked in violation of the posted signs
will be towed away by the Police Department, at the owners' expense, including tow charges of up. .
to $25 and storage charges of up to $2 per day. Heed the parking signs, save yourself trouble and
money, and help keep your village clean.
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport 8-4000 ROBERT J. SWEENEY, MAYOR
Public Meetings On The 1st and 3rd Mondays Of The Month, At 9:00 P.M.
. . . . . February, 1970
THIS, TOO. IS POLICE WORK!
The many-faceted Freeport Police Department
includes a Community Relations unit which works
closely with the Freeport school district and
As part of the youth program, Patrolman Julius
Pearse talks with students in all Social Studies
classes in the high school. Patrolman Pearse
has been a member of the Freeport police force
for eight years and in community relations work
for almost three years.
He discusses with the students any problems of
the youths' relationship with the police. He
goes into hypothetical situations based on the
experiences he has had with young people, and
he urges them to report immediately any situa-tion
in which they feel they have been mis-judged
or mistreated by police, so that any
misunderstandings can be resolved.
Patrolman-Pearse explains how some young people
inadvertently become involved in crimes when
they "go .along with the crowd." He tells them. •
how a criminal.record, even when the sentence
is suspended, can affect their future lives by
keeping them out of certain professions and
preventing them from advancing in their jobs.
Among the topics Patrolman Pearse is questioned
about are alcoholism and drug addiction. He
tells the young people some of the case his-tories
in Freeport in which lives are ruined in
adolescence. He asks the youngsters to reject
any attempt to get them started on any form of
drug use, pointing out that they should not
experiment with their lives.
Patrolman Pearse also urges any interested
young men to look into career opportunities in
the Police Department. He points out that Nas-sau
County has a Police Cadet unit for teens.
Trustees: George H. Fabberg, Thomas I. LoveBdge, Lloyd E. On, WOBam H. White
Vahge Clerk: loha J. MacDomdd - Treasons Leonard D.B. Smith - Counsel: Oakley Gentry, Jr.
NEW FISCAL YEAR BEGINS MARCH 1
The average Freeport hone-owner will be paying
about $2.50 a month more in Village taxes, for
the new fiscal year beginning March 1, 1970.
Village Treasurer Leonard 0.8. Smith noted that
the new budget calls for an increase from last
year's $*».02 to a new tax rate of $*».58 per
hundred dollars of assessed value.
On the average home assessment of $5500 in
Freeport, the annual increase will be $30.80,
Mr. Smith saido On a hone assessed at 510,000
the additional cost will be $56 annually, or
about $'to67 a month.
Jhe total budget is-55,55^,000. After deducting
anticipated income fron all sources the amount
to be raised by taxation is $3,988,000, which
is $536,000 more than the tax revenue required
Mayor Robert J. Sweeney said of the 1970-71
budget, "We are fighting against the built-in
increases in the cost of living, plus the
heavier demands for municipal services. With
our population size and our diversity we have
all the problems of a medium-size city, yet we
have only the one source of tax revenue, the
property tax. Nassau County was able to offset
cost increases this year with the extra income
from the county sales tax0 We have no such
leverage in raising needed revenue.
"This budget added up to a 760 tax increase at
first," the Mayor said, "but the Village Board
went through it again and again, and cut ano-ther
$175,000. We believe it is as tight as we
can make it without impairing essential village
Major cost increases are in the Police Depart-ment
and in Recreation and Parks, Mayor Sweeney
noted. "It is going to cost us at least S^^OOO
more for police," he said, "even with the addi-tion
of only two more raen. We really would like
to add more than two, in view of the national
picture of a continually rising crime rate. The
police budget increase is needed to keep us on
a par with the .County Police. We can't and won't
short-change Freeport residents with second
rate protection. We have one of the finest pol-ice
departments anywhere and we want to keep it
"In Recreation and Parks we are up by $H6,000,"
the Mayor said.."We consider our recreation
services a sound investment in helping us avoid
social problems that would be far more costly
to the community in the long run. We are pro-viding
wholesome activities for our young
people all year round, including such programs
as our new basketball league, where hundreds of
youngsters from all over town are building
friendships and mutual respect."
The increases in police and in recreation and
parks account for 28e of the tax raise, or half
of the total budget increase, the Mayor pointed
Included in the new budget are-salary adjust-ments
for the Mayor and Village Trustees,.the
first increases in the official salaries since
1961*. The Mayor's salary is increased froa
$5,000 to $10,000 annually, and the Trustees
from $2500 to $5000.
Village Treasurer Smith said the governing
officials' salary adjustments would bring
Freeport more closely in line with the salaries
paid officials in other communities. "Freeport
is the largest incorporated village in New York
State," he said, "yet we have lagged behind for
years in the compensation received by our top
Probably the closest comparison would be the
Village of Herapstead, Mr. Smith said, which has
a population slightly lower than Freeport's.
In Heaipstead, he pointed out, the salaries have
been $10,000 for Mayor and $5000 for Trustees
until this year when the Mayor's position be-came
full time at $25,000 while the Trustees
remained at their sane level.
"I don't know how aany Freeporters realize it,"
Mr. Smith said, "but Freeport is probably the
only completely autonomous village in New York
State and has store municipal services than Host
cities. That means our governaent officials have
more responsibilities. They have to be involved
with all the local services, including police,
municipal water, electric, sewer plant, sanita-tation
and incineration, and urban renewal. Only
Freeport has all of these under village control
BACK TO SCHOOL GO ALL VILLAGE EMPLOYEES WHO DRIVE ANY VEHICLE IN THEIR JOBS. As part of the vil-lage's
safety program the employees are required to take the Defensive Driving Course formulated
by the National Safety Council in its driver improvement program.
NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL AWARD OF THE SPORTS FOUNDATION is Freeport Recreation Superin-tendent
Stanley Brekne, left. He receives plaque from John Schultz of the Freeport Chamber of
Commerce. Competition is among municipal recreation and park departments throughout the country,
for excellence of the community programs.
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