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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE00-31

July 10, 2000

Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-5371)

New York City DEP To Construct Six New Facilities In Catskill/Delaware Watershed

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the Department is scheduled to construct six new facilities that will house Water Supply Police and Inspectors at various locations in the Catskill/Delaware watershed.

"As an integral part of DEP's Watershed Protection Program, we have increased the size of the Water Supply Police," said Commissioner Miele, "and will soon have a full complement of 142 Police Officers and support staff. DEP is also undertaking an infrastructure improvement program throughout the watershed, which includes construction of modern Police Precincts and Watershed Inspection Stations."

The six one-story, brick buildings will be similar in design to State Police Barracks and about the size of a large ranch house. All will be sited on City-owned property at reservoirs in four counties:

  • Ashokan Precinct will house Police and Inspectors at the Ashokan Reservoir, Town of Olive, Ulster County.
  • Beerston Precinct will house Police only near the Cannonsville Reservoir, Town of Walton, Delaware County.
  • Downsville Precinct will house Police only below the Pepacton Reservoir, Town of Colchester, Delaware County. Inspectors will move into the existing Precinct Building at Downsville.
  • Gilboa Precinct is a new precinct that will house Police and Inspectors at the Schoharie Reservoir, Town of Gilboa, Schoharie County.
  • Grahamsville Precinct will house Police only at DEP's Grahamsville complex in the Town of Neversink, Sullivan County. It will replace the existing Precinct at the Neversink Reservoir.
  • Grahamsville Inspection Station will house Inspectors at DEP's Grahamsville complex in the Town of Neversink, Sullivan County.

"The Police Precincts will be staffed on a 24-hour basis and will provide an extra measure of police coverage for the watershed and surrounding communities," said Commissioner Miele. "The new facilities will help to shorten the response time of Water Supply Police and Inspectors to accidents, spills and other incidents around the watershed."

 

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