Supervisor BREH offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE NEW YORK STATE SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION CALL FOR STATE FUNDING OF ARMED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS IN EVERY SCHOOL

WHEREAS, our children are deserving of the best protection possible when they are away from their homes and in the care and custody of our educational institutions; and

WHEREAS, we are, unfortunately, in an era where children in schools have too often become a target for evil persons wishing to cause mayhem and terror; and

WHEREAS, due to budget constraints, tax caps and limited sources of revenue, it is beyond the fiscal capability of many school districts and other local government entities to fund the placing of an armed police officer in every school; and

WHEREAS, the current threat to the safety of our children in their schools is a public safety emergency requiring a statewide response by our state government, with its multiple revenue sources, to address the emergency; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors does hereby support the New York State Sheriff’s Association in its call for state funding of an armed school resource officer in every elementary and secondary school in New York State, and does hereby call upon the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo to include in the 2018 Annual State Budget funding for that purpose; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Marc Butler, HFM BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel, Commissioner of State Education Department, Sheriff, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor HOWARD and adopted by the following vote:
TOTAL: Ayes: 19 Nays: 0 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Callery)