Proposed cuts in Saratoga Springs draw ire

"I decided to do my own due diligence on it," said Ivins. "I figured if he was against it, I would have forgotten the whole thing."

Kim objected to using Saratoga County's services for Public Safety dispatch, saying it would lengthen response time and make $150,000 of recently purchased dispatch equipment worthless. Ivins said he was not directly advocating the idea, just identifying the possibility.

"All I'm saying is, let's have a discussionThat's $300,000 to $500,000 worth of firemen and policemen I can keep on the streets," said Ivins.

Christopher Cole, assistant chief of police, said during the public comment period that infighting does not help solve the problem.

"In any other corporation or government setting, discussion would have begun immediatelythis did not happen at City Hall," he said. "We're one city, not five departments."

It was hard to miss the fact that the political season had begun in earnest in the Spa City, though, a fact not lost on Ed Lewis, president of the Saratoga Springs Police Benevolent Association, who strongly urged the council not to make any cuts to public safety.

"We know a lot of people who vote, we have solidarity within our unions and we're going to keep watching you," he said. "We'll see what happens in November.""

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