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NEW POLICE STATION LEAVES OFFICERS COLD

The coolest cops in town are chilling out in Buffalo's Northeast District.

They pour the heat on when it comes to fighting street crime in the Kensington-Bailey area. But inside their new $4.2 million district building, the pores of these men and women in blue are turning blue.

Frosting them are arctic blasts from the station's out-of-control central air-conditioner.

Temperatures at night have frequently dipped into the 50-degree range, prompting officers and report technicians to bundle up in sweaters and coats.

And despite the big chill, tempers are starting to flare. Repeated complaints have been made to City Hall to correct the situation, but police say that until just recently they've gotten the cold shoulder.

What frustrates them most is that they cannot control their own destiny when it comes to maintaining their cool.

That's because the computerized controls in the six-month-old structure's heating and air-condition system aren't even in the building at 2767 Bailey Ave., Capt. James P. Giammaresi said.

"The building is climate controlled, but we don't have control over the climate and none of the windows open because that is the way the building was designed," said Giammaresi.

He was quick to point out that, while the icy temperatures have caused some to get a bit hot headed, others have stayed as cool as cucumbers by maintaining a sense of humor.

One officer quipped that sides of beef hanging in the corners of the building "would not look out of place."

Among those who would warmly welcome a July thaw are Report Technician Rosemary Fricano and Police Officer Loretta Young who wonder where's the heat.

Mrs. Fricano said until a week ago she regularly wore a blazer over her sweater, but was often still cold.

"I had to wear a sweater and a jacket," she said, obviously cool to the idea of having to wear extra clothes in summertime.

Officer Young said she fought the frost by "taking walks outside in the sunshine."

Some improvements have been made.

The first floor is now a balmy 68 degrees, but the upstairs remains an ice chest, police said Wednesday.

At City Hall, the heating and cooling experts were sympathetic, but quickly pointed out that with new buildings it takes time to iron out the bugs.

"When you have several people in a common area, not everyone is going to be satisfied," said John Todaro, a senior mechanical engineer with the city.

"Sometimes, it takes a couple months into each new season," Todaro said in forecasting how long it may take before the city and its contractor are able to "work out the glitches" in the climate control computer situated at City Hall.

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