Another $1.32 million in federal grants awarded to Vermont law enforcers

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday that eight Vermont communities, as well as the Vermont Department of Public Safety (VDPS), will receive more than $1.32 million in federal grants to help combat crime.  The grants will provide police departments across the state with funding for equipment, training other and resources.More than $1 million in grants were awarded through the Department of Justice s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).  The Byrne program awards competitive grants to state and local jurisdictions to help fight crime in their own communities by addressing individual law enforcement needs.  The grants will be used for law enforcement, prevention, education, drug treatment and crime victim programs, as well as for planning, training, evaluation and technology improvement programs.  A Byrne grant of nearly $850,000 to VDPS will be used to fund the successful Vermont Drug Task Force.  Leahy has also led in securing additional resources for the Task Force, to help address drug-crime issues in Vermont communities. Vermont s law enforcement community has a good record of using this federal partnership help in working to counter crime, said Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department.  These grants are also help enable cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries.  Providing federal assistance for law enforcement to help strengthen our communities and ensure public safety is a sound investment, and these grants will help ensure that our law enforcement officers continue to receive the tools and training needed to keep Vermont safe.Leahy also announced that the Vermont Department of Public Safety has received two additional grants from the Department of Justice totaling more than $160,000.  A $100,000 grant from the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program will help expedite the processing of DNA samples awaiting analysis in Vermont crime labs.  The Department of Public Safety has also been awarded an additional $61,000 from Project Safe Neighborhoods, which will be used to target gun crimes.  On Monday, Senator Leahy announced more than $1 million in additional federal grants to VDPS from a Leahy-authored provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designed to help rural states prevent and combat crime.  So far this fiscal year Vermont has received more than $2.5 million in federal assistance to support state and local law enforcement efforts. Communities receiving funds from the Byrne JAG program include Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Colchester, Franklin County, Rutland, South Burlington, Springfield, and St. Albans.· Barre: Awarded $12,187 to purchase equipment for the Barre Police Department, including the replacement of aging portable radios.· Bennington: Awarded $24,097 for training in community policing, drug enforcement, special tactics, gang enforcement and child abuse investigations for the Bennington Police Department.· Brattleboro: Awarded $22,158 to provided drug and gang interdiction patrols.· Burlington: Awarded $121,870 to enhance community policing, engage city neighborhoods in crime prevention strategy, provide support to victims of crime, and strengthen its community outreach program, in particular outreach to youth.· Colchester: Awarded $20,219 to update aging communications equipment.· Franklin County: Awarded $15,511 to provide upgraded equipment and uniforms for Franklin County Sheriff s Office dispatchers and officers.· Rutland: Awarded $34,899 to help the city police department purchase communications and surveillance equipment, personal protection equipment, and to cover overtime costs associated with targeted policing efforts and investigations. · South Burlington: Awarded $13,849 to support the South Burlington Police Department s Patrol Rifle Program.· Springfield:  Awarded $15,788 to make security enhancements to the police department and officer safety.· St. Albans:  Awarded $30,744 to replace aging equipment and expand upon newly created programs, emergency response communications and community partnerships to continue to address the crime trends in St. Albans.· Vermont Department of Public Safety:  Awarded $849,901 to fund the Vermont Drug Task Force, a specialized law enforcement unit consisting of both state and local officers established to fight illegal drugs.Source: Leahy’s office. (FRIDAY, August 28, 2009)last_img read more

Chemung County approves plan for Lowe’s to open after social distancing violations

first_imgTOWN OF BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WBNG) — Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss authorized the closure of a Lowe’s located in the Town of Big Flats on Sunday. 5:50 P.M. UPDATE: —– Moss said a representative from Head of State Government Affairs for the Northern Region for Lowe’s Companies submitted an action plan as Chemung County requested. Moss said this is not something the County wishes to pursue in the future. He said it is not the County’s intent to pursue closures, fines and possible arrests, but essentials businesses must follow guidelines. Moss said that this temporary closure comes after multiple verbal and written warnings involving numerous violations of executive orders. The Chemung County Health Department is requesting the establishment submit a plan regarding how they will ensure that compliance of the executive orders will be achieved.  County Executive Moss said that after a conversation with Chemung County Public Health Director Pete Buzzetti, he decided to temporarily close the Lowe’s located on 913 County Rt. 64. Moss said he authorized this temporary closure because individuals continually violated executive orders issued by the state on social distancing. Moss said the plan has been approved by Chemung County Public Health Director Pete Buzzetti. The enhanced efforts to supplement the stores current safety and social distancing protocols are as follows: TOWN OF BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WBNG) — Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss has made an update to the temporary closure of the Lowe’s in the Town of Big Flats on Sunday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. County Executive Moss said the 913 County Rt. 64 Lowe’s will be open for business starting Monday, April 20. “Posting an associate at the front entrance of the storeUtilizing technology to track the amount of customers in the storeLimit the store traffic to 4 customers per 1000 square feet of building spaceHire security or off-duty law enforcement to assist with crowd control as soon as feasibleContinue to monitor and evaluate all procedures listed here and above” County Executive Moss said once the plan is submitted and approved, the Lowe’s will be able to reopen. last_img read more

Gerrard reacts to Liverpool’s first ever Premier League silverware

first_img Loading… Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has reacted to his former side’s first ever Premier League title win and heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp. Advertisement The Merseyside outfit were confirmed champions on Thursday night without kicking a ball as Manchester City fell to a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. Not long after the game ended, Liverpool fans and players alike celebrated with former captain Gerrard taking to Instagram to issue a heartfelt message. In his post, the former England international stated: “Congratulations to all @liverpoolfc on winning the premier league . Incredible achievement from a fantastic squad of top players . Lead by a world class manager and coaching team also a special mention for the backing from FSG . And lastly and most importantly the fans who have waited 30 years . Let the party begin.”Gerrard represented Liverpool for 17 years and became club captain at just 23-years-old.He won every trophy possible with his boyhood club aside from the Premier League and he was likely beaming with pride at tonight’s outcome.It’s no secret the 40-year-old is a big fan of Klopp and Gerrard recently claimed a statue of the German should be placed outside Anfield.Gerrard inspired Liverpool to Champions League victoy in 2005, but never clinched English football’s top honour.“Knowing Jurgen, he won’t want to be put in that bracket,” the current Rangers boss explained to The Athletic.“I know what he’s like, he’s humble and respectful. When you look at the scale of the job he’s done, for sure he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those iconic managers.“What you need to take into consideration is that when Jurgen took over Liverpool they weren’t close to being the best team in the country, they weren’t even in the top four.“To come to Liverpool when he did, get to the amount of finals that he has, deliver the sixth European Cup and then deliver the first league title after 30 years…For me, someone like Jurgen should be rewarded now. It seems like in football we often wait until people get older before their achievements are fully recognised.Liverpool boss Jurgen KloppRead Also: Dortmund react to Liverpool winning Premier League title“But I know the owners of Liverpool won’t let that happen. When Jurgen delivers the league they should already be starting work on a statue of him.”Liverpool’s triumph last night will have helped Gerrard vanquish the demons of his famous slip against Chelsea back in 2014.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Presidents Cup 2019: Tiger Woods preparing for singles; Ernie Els surprised

first_imgDespite the USA facing an uphill battle to maintain its stranglehold on the tournament, playing captain Woods again opted to partner Justin Thomas with Rickie Fowler for the afternoon’s foursomes.It came as a surprise, given Woods won consecutive matches alongside Thomas on Thursday and Friday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.Arvo Foursomes.The first match will tee off approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the final morning Four-Ball match. https://t.co/I5vrBwjkj5 pic.twitter.com/hYNzScPIZt— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) December 14, 2019However, 15-time major champion Woods —who equaled Phil Mickelson’s record for most Presidents Cup wins on Friday — told reporters: “You have to do what’s best for the team, and I’m getting ready for the singles tomorrow [Sunday].””I tried to talk myself out of it, too,” added Woods, who denied he is injured. “But, you know, it is what it is, and we’re going to go out there and try and get some points today and be ready for tomorrow.” MELBOURNE, Australia — Tiger Woods insisted he is not injured after sidelining himself for back-to-back sessions as the United States continues to struggle at the Presidents Cup.Saturday morning’s four-ball contests left the seven-time reigning champion Americans trailing Ernie Els’ Internationals 9-5 in Melbourne, where Woods sat out. Woods’ decision to leave himself out of action until Sunday’s singles surprised International captain Els, whose team is on track for its first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.”Yes, especially the way he’s been playing with JT,” Els replied when asked if he was surprised by the absence of Woods. “But JT has been a rock-solid on their side, and looks like he’s teaming well with Rickie.”But yeah, I thought Tiger would play this afternoon.”last_img read more

Steyer pushes for wealth tax to address income inequality

first_imgDES MOINES — California billionaire Tom Steyer says he’s ready to do what’s politically inconvenient as president and seek constitutional changes that limit the time politicians can spend in congress to 12 years. He’d also ban corporate spending in politics.“My message is super important and I am out there trying to make sure that people hear it as much as possible and understand why I can be trusted to take action and not just talk,” Steyer said during a recent Radio Iowa interview.Steyer was in the state this weekend for a CNN town hall forum at Grinnell College. He addressed the recent resignation of an Iowa aide accused of offering contributions to legislators in exchange for a Steyer endorsement. Steyer said that was inappropriate and his campaign sought that person’s an immediate resignation. Steyer also sent a message to another billionaire who may enter the race in early 2020. Steyer said Michael Bloomberg needs to support a “wealth tax.”“Not only is the income so unjust, so undemocratic and so unfair — the distribution of incomes — the distribution of wealth across society is an absolute scandal,” Steyer said on CNN.Steyer is a former hedge fund manager who has spent at least $46 million on advertising for his presidential campaign. Before that, Steyer bankrolled the “Need to Impeach” campaign. On November 1, at the big Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser, Steyer chose to make Trump his primary target.“Everybody you hear today is more honest, more coherent and more patriotic than the criminal who resides at the White House,” he said, to cheers from the Liberty and Justice Celebration crowd. “Everybody!”Steyer, who has pledged his number one priority as president would be action on climate change, has been one of the Democratic Party’s most prominent environmental activists in the past decade.“I started a company by myself…and I built a pretty big company,” Steyer told Radio Iowa. “Then I took the ‘giving pledge’ to give away the bulk of my assets while I’m alive to good causes. I walked away from that company and I’ve spent the rest of my life building coalitions of Americans to take on unchecked power and to push for broader democracy.”Steyer announced this past January in Des Moines that he would not run for president, but changed his mind and entered the race in July.“If you think that I’m right on my basic thesis, government is broken, you have to ask who will actually change the culture and get back to government by and for the people and the question is: ‘Is it going to be someone from the outside or someone from the inside?’” Steyer told Radio Iowa.Steyer has been involved in voter turn-out efforts in Iowa since 2014 through a group he founded called NextGen America. That group’s still working to register younger voters and is active on 41 Iowa college and university campuses.last_img read more