SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Schenectady County just got a little safer with a new boat patrol launched on Wednesday.
It will cover the 26 mile stretch of waterway running through the heart of Schenectady County; something the sheriff says is instrumental.
The Schenectady County Marine Patrol Unit has been back on the water for about a month now. That’s after four years of having virtually no monitoring.
“We felt now is the time to put it in play. We were able to secure a boat and some grant money to fund this operation,” said Sheriff Dominic Dagostino.
With the help of the New York State Canal Corp and New York State Park and Recreation, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department officially launched their new marine patrol unit.
“We anticipate increased use of the waterways once the casino comes into the city so we felt as though it was an opportune time to get on the waterways and provide a service that’s pretty much unaddressed for about 4 years,” said Sheriff Dagostino
This new program doesn’t come without a price. So, what will it cost taxpayers?
“This here is costing us 25% of the $39,000 grant. That’s the match on the grant, and those monies are being drawn out of forfeiture, so essentially it’s no cost for the taxpayers in this county,” Dagostino said.
For now, Sheriff Dagostino says they only have one boat and if the need for more surfaces, he says they will address those needs accordingly. For now their main goal is all about promoting safety of waterways.
With the casino being built along the waterway, Sheriff Dagostino says the new program will help with that increased need for safety.