Assemblywoman Gunther Announces $20,000 Grant for Liberty Police Department

Additional Funds will be used to combat drug and gang-related activity

Albany, NY – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,I,WF – Forestburgh) announced a $20,000 grant awarded to Village of Liberty Police Department for additional patrols to combat increased crime. The grant, awarded through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Operation IMPACT Tools program, was made available to law enforcement agencies in 40 Upstate counties that had not otherwise participated in the state’s Operation IMPACT program.

“The Village of Liberty Police Department does tremendous work with limited resources,” said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. “Every day, we hear another story about heroin and violent crime. These funds are critical to giving the Village Police Department the tools they need to keep our community safe. Chief Kinne and his officers deserve our thanks for their effective and tireless efforts.”

“In these tough economic times, these funds will be instrumental in reducing violent gang and drug crime and improving the quality of life for the residents of the Village,” said Chief of Police Scott Kinne. “Our heartfelt thanks go to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for her advocacy and diligence helping us secure this grant.”

“Once again, Assemblywoman Gunther has proven that great things can be accomplished when we work together at all levels of government. She is a true friend and a tireless advocate for the people she represents, especially the Village of Liberty,” said Mayor Dan Ratner. “In addition, my thanks go to Chief Kinne for constantly exploring ways to do more with less and save valuable taxpayer dollars.”