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Mayor Raising Taxes Due to Discovery Law Changes (Freeport, NY)
spectrumlocalnews.com ^ | February 10, 2020 | MORGAN MCKAY

Posted on 02/11/2020 1:45:05 PM PST by lowbridge

It’s an issue that law enforcement and District Attorneys have been raising concerns about for the last few months, that these new criminal justice bills are placing a strain on their already tight budgets. And now the Mayor of the Village of Freeport is saying he has had to find another way to cover these added costs.

"We haven’t raised taxes in the Village of Freeport in 7 years," said Robert Kennedy. 

Kennedy is not only the Mayor of the Village of Freeport, he is also President of the State Conference of Mayors. And he says that he has already had to raise taxes in his town by 5.7%.

"It’s officially done and we’ve pierced the tax cap," Kennedy explained. 

Kennedy is a Democratic Mayor, but says that the criminal justice bills passed in January failed to provide adequate funding to cover these new mandates. Local police departments must hire additional staff or pay for overtime hours to comply with the new discovery laws.

"If they give us sixty days for discovery I wouldn’t have to keep police officers in providing the discovery on 30-40 thousand cases," Kennedy said. 

(Excerpt) Read more at spectrumlocalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: ny; taxes
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1 posted on 02/11/2020 1:45:05 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Did he clear it with Ethel first?


2 posted on 02/11/2020 1:48:39 PM PST by fhayek
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To: lowbridge
"We haven’t raised taxes in the Village of Freeport in 7 years," said Robert Kennedy.

And you haven't cut spending in probably 70 years. Maybe, jut maybe, you could solve this issue by cutting other spending for once instead of raising taxes.

3 posted on 02/11/2020 1:52:39 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: lowbridge

Stay out of hotel kitchens.


4 posted on 02/11/2020 1:53:36 PM PST by Veggie Todd (Voltaire: "Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool".)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
And you haven't cut spending in probably 70 years.

I used to live 2 towns up from Freeport - in Webster - and I can tell you that states and big cities have nothing on county and township government in the northeast when it comes to spending and spending and spending. They may say that they work hard to keep costs down, but deep inside, they know that it is a blank check that will always clear the bank of the taxpayers' pockets.

5 posted on 02/11/2020 2:06:49 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (A law means nothing if it isn’t followed.)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

Webster??? Never heard if it.


6 posted on 02/11/2020 2:18:00 PM PST by gcparent (Justice Brett Kavanaugh)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Hooding taxes constant IS a cut.


7 posted on 02/11/2020 2:21:41 PM PST by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: lowbridge

People focusing on bail. Now discovery must be handed to defense in 15 days. ADA snd cops can’t keep up. ADAs are leaving replaced by newbies. And now 30.30 dpeedy trual must be 60 days for misdemeanor 90 for felony or judges must dismiss. Crim defense atty friend switching to personal injury.


8 posted on 02/11/2020 2:22:00 PM PST by gcparent (Justice Brett Kavanaugh)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity; gcparent
Freeport is on the south shore of Long Island ... Webster is all the way up north near Rochester.

Hardly two towns away.
9 posted on 02/11/2020 3:07:04 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight (Ich bin ein Irredeemable Deplorable)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Exactly!


10 posted on 02/11/2020 3:18:19 PM PST by gcparent (Justice Brett Kavanaugh)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

My bad - I was thinking about Fairport - but my point still stands (or does your pointing out my mistake somehow alter the conversation?)...


11 posted on 02/11/2020 3:27:16 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (A law means nothing if it isn’t followed.)
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Webster??? Never heard if it.

It is outside of Rochester in Western New York. And as another Freeper pointed out, Freeport is on Long Island; Fairport is the town just south of Webster.

12 posted on 02/11/2020 3:29:07 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (A law means nothing if it isn’t followed.)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

Thanks. Meant i never heard of a town called Webster on Long Island.


13 posted on 02/11/2020 3:31:47 PM PST by gcparent (Justice Brett Kavanaugh)
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To: gcparent

Ah. My apologies. As I was typing, I wondered if that’s what you were referring to - but hit send before I finished the thought.

Now, I must rest before I go way off the deep end of the snarkiness scale here. To any at whom I’ve snarked today, I apologize.


14 posted on 02/11/2020 3:37:10 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (A law means nothing if it isn’t followed.)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity
I was thinking about Fairport - but my point still stands (or does your pointing out my mistake somehow alter the conversation?)...

Not at all. Fairport, Freeport .. whatever ... they're all towns in NYS subject to this new law. Your point is well taken.

FReep On,
~MM~

15 posted on 02/11/2020 3:49:18 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight (Ich bin ein Irredeemable Deplorable)
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To: lowbridge

Mayor Kennedy is great. Especially after the last democrat pos that almost destroyed the village!


16 posted on 02/11/2020 3:57:51 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Mr_Moonlight

The thread is about discovery laws. It makes a difference. Freeport, NY is a village with their own police force. Its 40 percent black I believe. And yes there is crime and bad public school system. Webster, Ny has crime well under the national avr. And might not have as much paperwork issues for duscovery


17 posted on 02/11/2020 4:00:20 PM PST by gcparent (Justice Brett Kavanaugh)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Freeport residents have very high taxes already.


18 posted on 02/11/2020 4:01:49 PM PST by gcparent (Justice Brett Kavanaugh)
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To: lowbridge

RE the article’s photo of the Conference of State Mayors etc., I’m going to do a Clevon Little schtick and ask “Where the black folk at”? /sarc ??


19 posted on 02/11/2020 5:53:52 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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RE the article’s photo of the Conference of State Mayors etc., I’m going to do a Clevon Little schtick and ask “Where the black folk at”? /sarc ??


20 posted on 02/11/2020 5:53:55 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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