DeWitt (WSYR-TV) – With the November election just days away, political signs in DeWitt are raising some controversy.
Lawns throughout the eastern suburb are littered with Republican political signs featuring language that calls for saving the police force or brush pick-up service.
The town’s Democratic town supervisor says, however, that those services are not at risk.
“These are not real issues, never have the DeWitt Democrats and never have I questioned the integrity or existence of the DeWitt Police. Just recently, in September, the board unanimously voted to expand our police department,” said Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko.
But Republicans claim they are concerned.
They say past conversations on the town board have them worried about the future of services in the town.
“Consolidation makes sense in some instances, but we are very concerned that it not happen with our DeWitt police force - they are too professional and too good a service to give up,” said DeWitt Republican Committee Chairman Matt Wells. "These important issues could be dealt with in a different way should the majority [of the board] flip to the other side - that's why we're here."
The town says that – right now – there are no planned changes on the table. But the town says the police department and brush pickup have been discussed in past years.
There are currently three town board seats up for grabs. Right now, they are all held by Republicans.
Democrats and Republicans in DeWitt are vying for a majority on the town board.
Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday.