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Grant money given for Fulton County STOP-DWI program

JOHNSTOWN — Over $45,000 in state grant and Fulton County STOP-DWI Program funding will be meted out in 2020 to the county’s area police departments’ overtime patrols implemented to combat drunken driving.

Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown requested a proposed resolution to accept state STOP DWI Crackdown Grant monies, which are doled out by his office.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee recently approved the resolution, which goes before the full board Tuesday.

Fulton County received $19,700 to be split among these police agencies: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office — $6,750; Gloversville Police Department — $7,500; Johnstown Police Department — $4,500; and Northville Police Department — $950.

“We actually received more money than anticipated,” Brown said.

The district attorney said the county was expecting over $2,000 less in “crackdown” money than expected from the state.

Brown said he received notification of the grant award from the state Governor’s Traffic Safety Board on Oct. 2. The grant period funding goes from late October through Sept. 30, 2020.

But Brown said the police agencies were also due to receive more revenue through the Fulton County STOP-DWI Program totaling $25,390 in patrol overtime funding.

“This is in addition to the crackdown money,” he said.

Brown requested and received committee approval for the following 2020 rates the full board will vote on Monday: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office — $8,455; Gloversville Police Department — $9,495; Johnstown Police Department — $6,400; and Northville Police Department — $1,040.

In other committee action:

∫ Supervisors authorized Brown to attend the New York State District Attorney’s Association Winter Conference early next year in New York City. The total estimated cost to the county is $925, which is budgeted for 2020.

∫ The committee also approved a brief list of 2020 contracts in Brown’s Office totaling $54,518. Contracts consist of: grand jury stenographer Kim Croucher Goodier –$15,000; DA investigator Marc Hallebeck — $31,694; and West Group — Westlaw for online research — $7,824.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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