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Auburn police handing out LED light bulbs this weekend

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The Auburn Police Department (APD) will distribute free outdoor lightbulbs to the local community this week, a move aimed at brightening neighborhoods during night hours. The lightbulbs, donated by New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG), will be given out from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Memorial City Hall’s northeast parking lot. Residents can drive to the distribution site and collect up to three lightbulbs per vehicle, with the possibility of surplus bulbs being available at subsequent events or routine patrols, APD stated.


The initiative originated from Auburn Police Officer Michael Bufano, who noticed that while public street fixtures were well lit, outdoor residential lights were frequently off, limiting visibility. Bufano highlighted how this low-light situation makes it challenging for police officers, firefighters, and other service providers to carry out their tasks efficiently, particularly when dealing with emergencies. He also emphasized that increased lighting would enhance the effectiveness of security cameras and encourage greater community cooperation.

To address this, Bufano liaised with Police Chief James Slayton and NYSEG representative Timothy Winderl, who agreed to donate over 2,000 energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Winderl underscored the affordability of the bulbs at the June council meeting, estimating their annual running cost at $3 each. He also expressed NYSEG’s delight at partnering with the APD for this innovative program.