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Yorktown Police Chief: Costco Will Have 'Unfavorable' Impact

Daniel McMahon said he anticipates the project would cause an increase of 106 calls of service annually, which would increase the need for manpower and/or overtime.

The proposal for a 151,092-square-foot Costco retail store available to club members at 3200 Crompond Road, just west of the Taconic State Parkway, has drawn supporters and opponents of the development. 

Yorktown Police Chief Daniel McMahon has said the project would have an "unfavorable" impact in the level of police services and the cost of police service the police department provides. 

The police department, which was established in 1927 and serves 38,000 residents and businesses in the 40 square miles of Yorktown, is located about two and a half miles east of Costco's proposed site. 

In a letter, written about Costco earlier this year, Chief McMahon said the proposed Costco site would increase traffic on Crompond Road and create a need for traffic control equipment and dedicated manpower in the area between Strang Boulevard and Stony Street during weekends and shopping season. 

In addition, McMahon said he anticipates the project would cause an increase of 106 calls of service annually, which would in turn increase the need for manpower and/or overtime. The police department is staffed by 56 officers and 9 civilian personnel. 

Below is McMahon's letter (italics added for visual differentiation from the story):

Based on the type and size of the business we anticipate 106 calls of service annually from the proposed Costco site. This includes the retail business, the gas station and the parking lot. The proposed Costco site will also generate additional "quality of life" calls from the surrounding neighborhoods.

While the population of the town of Yorktown has increased significantly since 1981, the staffing of the Yorktown Police Department has been stagnant. An independent audit of the Yorktown Police Department in 1996 conducted by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) stated that the department was understaffed but the staffing situation has not changed since 1981. 

The proposed Costco will have an unfavorable impact on the policing of the entire town of Yorktown.

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Bill October 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
You mean pesky facts as in you can't use traffic on that stretch of 202 as a reason why Costco shouldn't be approved? As proof that getting people scared about horrendous traffic getting down to the hospital is a non-issue? However, people also complain about the traffic heading west towards the Taconic from town, and the state isn't doing anything about that and it's being left to Costco to fix and pay for. That's a pesky fact as well.
Baddabing October 19, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I've always been in support of the Yorktown PD but the PD Chief's remarks about COSTCO are absurd. If his department cannot handle a possible 2 call increase a week with this project, then I think its time for Mr. Grace to look for a new PD Chief that can allocate his resources appropriately. Is it a ploy to prep the town for some tax monies in the future-set the stage? Possible- Maybe its just better to have the town patrolled by State Troopers like Courtlandt and save even more money. This is just another scare tactic that feeds into the button people, which I like to refer to them as. The truth is they are not smart growth. They are no growth. I didn't see any of the working class for Costco at the meeting hire anyone to speak for them at the meeting. They spoke for themselves. Why? They weren't the rich of Yorktown-they were the regular people concerned about increasing propery taxes. This is the perfect location in town for this business. I take my hat off to the woman that spoke and rightfully so said we can't say no to everything. Wake up Yorktown, if your apathetic and stay home, this small group of button people will be allowed to run your town and keep your taxes high. This is the time to stand up and be counted.
Leo October 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Right on Bill...maybe we need a police department who can handle a little extra work...
Yorktown Tattler October 19, 2012 at 02:32 AM
When i first heard McMahon spin this whine, the first thing I thought was that he is slipping.
Yorktown Tattler October 19, 2012 at 02:43 AM
But really, 2 extra phone calls a week and he can't handle it?

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