A packed house at a budget workshop in Rotterdam. Many residents are upset with plans by the Town Supervisor to cut the town's EMS services. Erin Vannella has the details.
ROTTERDAM, N.Y. -- A packed house in Rotterdam for a budget workshop. At issue? Whether to cut the town's EMS services for the 2014 spending plan.
Dozens of people packed into a presentation for Town Supervisor Harry Bufardi spending plan Wednesday night. Crowds spilling out into the parking lot.
Bufardi's plan includes cutting the town's paramedics and hiring an outside emergency service to answer calls. But a majority of the full house Wednesday night say they want to keep their EMS service intact. They say they're concerned the quality of care might change with the move.
But the Town Supervisor says the move wouldn't change EMS response times and would save taxpayers thousands of dollars.
"We did a robocall for the residents, a lot of you got that call, right? The call went out to 6,550 people, okay? Hundreds and hundreds say they wanted to keep EMS in town and not outsourcing it. It was 99 percent in favor of keeping EMS in Rotterdam," said John Dybas, Rotterdam EMS Board President.
"Certainly the board can entertain the information they've received tonight and they can vote for or against my budget. They can amend my budget. There's a number of things they can do as a result of it," Bufardi said.
The board says they won't make a decision on the budget without getting more public input. Their next full board meeting is October 24th.