Ticonderoga has a drug problem

To the Times of Ti:

I will not continue to have nights, where we are held up in our home, locking our doors and windows, a helicopter hovering over our house, and looking at my two young children, as they are uneasy and scared. This is no way to live.

I was born and raised in Ticonderoga, and 12 years ago I moved out of Ticonderoga due to a job relocation, and the Ticonderoga I left 12 years ago is not the same town I moved back to last year. In talking with many long time residents of Ticonderoga, it seems as though the illegal drug and illegal prescription drug climate has taken a strong hold in our town over the last 5-6 years, and as a town we need to figure out how to get this problem under control.

The following is an email I recently sent to our Ticonderoga town clerk, requesting that it be forwarded to all town board members, the Ticonderoga Police Department, and all town judges. I would like to ask that our Essex County District Attorney also become involved.

Dear Town Officials,

As a resident of our town I have become increasingly concerned with the fact that our town is being overrun with illegal and prescription drug abusers. I respectfully request that at the next town board meeting that the town officials, judges, police and board all be present. With 2013 budget discussions consistently on the agenda, I would like to see where the budget numbers come in for public safety. I believe if we accurately measure the current illegal and prescription drug problems in our town, if we look closely at the budget numbers allotted toward public safety in the last 4-6 years, we can first formulate a clear plan to address the problem, plus establish a realistic budget number for public safety.

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