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Aurelius to renovate state police station, hopes to secure new lease deal

The town of Aurelius plans to make renovations to the New York state police station in hopes that the state will renew its 20-year lease of the building for another 10 years.

Over 20 years ago, when New York state troopers outgrew their previous station in Aurelius, the town built a new building for the police and leased it to the state. That lease expired in November, and the town has been working to keep the troopers where they are.

“There was some talk of (the troopers) moving out to the county sheriff office,” said Stanley Hoskins, a town board member. Instead of having both entities out in Sennett, “we decided we wanted their presence in our town.”

New York state police is looking to renew its lease but the state is requiring some renovations to the bathrooms and the locker room before it does, said Ed Ide, the town supervisor.

“What seemed to be a short falling was the size of a locker room we built,” Hoskins said, adding that it was built to accommodate 22 troopers and they are reaching that capacity.

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