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North Tonawanda, Niagara County negotiating on police dispatching

City of North Tonawanda officials are talking with the Niagara County sheriff about possible changes in police dispatching.

The city shifted its dispatching work to the county five years ago, but the North Tonawanda Police Benevolent Association, objecting to what it contends are slow response times, has been urging the move be reversed. Mayor Arthur G. Pappas has said he and the Common Council decided the cost of doing so would be too high.

Lt. Daryl Truty, the union president, said this week that he hopes something new will be available for a vote at a union meeting Tuesday. Sheriff James R. Voutour said he's had conversations with Pappas and the Council.

The police union distributed 600 yard signs in favor of its stance, and last week asked voters not to sign nominating petitions for any candidates without knowing their position on the dispatching issue.

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