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Village of Greenwich residents vote against dissolution


GREENWICH, N.Y. - Residents in the Village of Greenwich voted Tuesday to not dissolve the village.

Polls were open from noon to 9 p.m. for the dissolution vote, which came after the village received a voter initiated petition calling for the dissolution in March.

If residents vote in favor, the Village Police Department, public officials, and other services would be eliminated and control of the area would be handed over to two neighboring communities – the town of Greenwich and Easton.

“We are taxed twice for the same services and it's something that goes back to the 1800's and it's time to go,” said resident Peter Gregg.

Gregg is publisher of the Greenwich Journal and Salem Press -- he's also the man behind the vote to dissolve the village.

“We have a village and a town, if you live in the village you have to pay a village tax and a town tax,” he said.

A study by a consulting firm found dissolution would bring property taxes down by nearly 50 percent. There’s also a bonus, the possibility of a $300,000 state incentive for municipalities that agree to dissolve.

But the savings come at a price, the elimination of garbage pickup, snow removal, and perhaps most importantly, protection. Both towns have indicated they would not have a town-wide police department.

Without his officers, Chief George Bell says response time from state police or county deputies could take as long as 20 minutes.

“I don't think you are going to get any more of an influx in police officers if the village dissolves,” he said.

Residents voted 281 to 203 to not dissolve the village, according to Mayor David Doonan. Doonan said the village government will “look to continue to reduce costs.”

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