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Letter: BMHA shouldn’t pay city for police protection

BMHA shouldn’t pay city for police protection

The new BMHA Board of Commissioners is considering an extension of the $650,000 Buffalo police contract. With the conditions of the properties and the lack of maintenance personnel, you might think it’s time to rethink this farce.

Right from the start of the contract, I was against the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority paying the police for protection they should already have. The last time I looked, the BMHA housing developments are located within the city limits.

This contract calls for 18 officers, a lieutenant and a captain. The hours of operation are from 3:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The duties are not to answer calls within the complexes but “above base-line service.” I still don’t know what that means. Resident complaints are called in to 911 and district officers respond. Housing unit officers are never contacted.

When asked for information on how many above base-line calls the unit does during the course of a year, no answer. This unit is still under the control and serves at the pleasure of the Police Commissioner.

I have sent a letter to the chairman of the Board of Commissioners, David Rodriguez, and the chair of the Safety Committee to reconsider any extension of the contract. The BMHA should not subsidize the City of Buffalo for police protection afforded to all residents.

Joe Mascia

Former Commissioner

Buffalo

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