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Letters To IsledeGrande 2024
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Western New York crime victims have the Sheriff's office on their side - February 2024

    On April 23, 1982, President Ronald Reagan established the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime. Later that year, members concluded that "innocent victims of crime have been overlooked." As we sit here 44 years later, I can’t help but think little has changed. Problems with bail reform policy have not helped the situation. To the victims, including those impacted by property crimes: I hear you. I empathize with you. And I stand with you.
    For too long, I have had concerns about the increase in car thefts across our county. In the town of Grand Island, my deputies have responded to six reports of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (UUMV) since Jan. 1. That number represents six individuals who felt, and still feel, violated. It represents six individuals who no longer feel safe. This also puts us on pace for about 50 UUMV calls in Grand Island this year. There were 18 in 2022 and 16 in 2023.
    Clarence, the most populous town we patrol, is on pace to have about 40 UUMV calls this year, exceeding 28 in 2023. I am increasingly concerned that each one of these cases could lead to a serious injury or death.
    My deputies are on alert. We will continue to patrol your neighborhoods. But you should also know that when we make arrests, we often have no choice but to release these suspects back into the community. It’s equally important to know that there are simple actions you can take to protect yourself. Lock your vehicles and keep your keys with you.
    I believe that we can work together to achieve common sense legislation to combat this. In Monroe County, Sheriff Todd Baxter has spearheaded the Consortium for Safe Communities. The group – which includes members of law enforcement, clergy, the legal community, government and the business community – successfully advocated for removal of the "Least Restrictive Means" standard for bail in 2023. Now, the group’s members are calling for additional steps, including the addition of a "Risk of Public Safety" standard and a "Repeat Offender" standard.
    I wholeheartedly endorse the efforts of the Consortium for Safe Communities and look forward to expanding upon the group’s efforts here in Erie County. Many of the measures associated with bail reform were called for. But it is time to address the remainder of its deficiencies.
Sheriff Garcia


To the Grand People of Grand Island - January 2024

    The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island was happy to have brightened the holiday season for 152 Families, totaling 241 adults and 153 children on the Island.
    Whether it was an envelope of gift cards, bagged canned goods, peanut butter & jelly jars, we did NOT do it ourselves! Generous Island Neighbors contributed food, turkeys and financial gifts, so the Foundation could provide donated food, Tops gift cards, Target gift cards for children and teens, and other help such as donated pizzas from Say Cheese. Churches, organizations, and local companies helped with major support, and individuals came through with donations, both small and large. Whatever the amount, we greatly appreciate your financial contributions, as well as food and other donated supplies to replenish our pantry. And special thanks to the administrators, staff, parents, teachers and students at the Grand Island Schools and others who helped us with very generous donations - and assistance in organizing, sorting and packing food bags for our clients.
    To acknowledge the help we received, the Neighbors Foundation will be placing a listing of all our donors and workers on http://www.Isledegrande.com and the local Island Dispatch website, www.wnypapers.com. Thank you to all the donors and helpers listed in that summary – you made the 2023 Holiday Season happier for your Island Neighbors.
    On behalf of the Neighbors Foundation, we wish all a happy and healthy 2024. With your generosity, we look forward to continuing to assist our valued Neighbors. To donate and support the Neighbors Foundation, please visit our website at GINeighbors.org. For confidential food assistance, call (716) 775-7998.
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors!!
    David Conboy, President
   Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island, Inc.