Ancram to get more Sheriff's patrols, with poor radio reception
Diane Valden reports for The Columbia Paper that Ancram may be getting more income from speeding tickets not that town officials voted three-to-two March 16 to pay Columbia County Sheriffs for more patrols in town. Ancram Court Clerk Ruth Wittlinger said having the increased patrols brings the town court “a little bit more business.” Councilmember and Fire Chief David Boice voted against the measure, and first said paying for extra patrols was not needed because he sees State Police and Sheriff’s patrols “everyday around town.” But he also said, “it’s being suggested to those guys not to be in Ancram.... The sheriff isn’t allowing the guys to sit in Ancram at slow times.... I know things are going on behind the scenes.” He said the Sheriff's office has problems communicating with patrols in Ancram by radio or cell phone due to the hilly terrain. Since the town voted for the patrols, Ancram will be paying the Sheriffs between $12,000 and $20,000 annually. The Sheriffs would especially patrol the intersection of Route 82 and County Route 7 in the Ancram hamlet and the Route 82, County routes 3 and 8 in the Ancramdale hamlet between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Read more about this story in The Columbia Paper.