The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

April 11, 2013

ADDED FORCE

By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION - The Orleans County Legislature agreed Wednesday to bring the Village of Holley on as part of the Major Felony Crime Task Force.

When one citizen asked to explain the agreement between the two entities, Legislator Charles Nesbitt explained how the task force is a “special multi-agency unit” that investigates major felonies throughout the county. It has resulted in significant busts involving larges sums of drugs and money, he said.

Chairman Dave Callard said Orleans County currently has similar agreements with the villages of Albion and Medina. Legislator Lynn Johnson further explained how each municipality has one law enforcement officer on the task force, and the county reimburses that officer, not the respective village.

The legislature also authorized the county’s emergency management personnel to participate in a grant program for the upcoming year. The annual grant is aimed at several different facets of emergency management, legislators said. This year, according to emergency personnel at Wednesday’s meeting, the grant will help offset the cost of radio equipment.

Also on Wednesday, the Orleans County Legislature voted unanimously to pass a local law affecting members of the Community Service Board and its subcommittees.

The law removes restrictions on the number of consecutive terms board members may serve. 

In other news Wednesday, a dozen middle and high school students from Albion and Medina visited the county offices. The students represented part of the local LIFE (Liberty Increases Future Experience) Program. 

LIFE is the local organization affiliated with the nation Liberty Partnership Program (LPP). The program, established in 1988, and started in Orleans County in 1989, fights against the dropout rate of community youths. It helps provide academic and personal support to students in grades 6 through 12.

The support is aimed toward helping students in middle school and high school graduate and make the transition to higher education or employment.

Legislator Henry Smith and Albion LIFE representative Teresa Zwifka said the students made the trip to the meeting to get a first-hand look at the inner-workings at the county level.