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Tuckahoe Police Motorcyle Unit Restored

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- Tuckahoe Police are about to come full circle with the re-creation of their motorcycle unit.

At a special meeting held at the Generoso Pope Foundation building Monday night, Mayor Steve Ecklond took the opportunity announce the Pope Foundation's gift of $60,000 to re-activate the motorcycle unit within the Tuckahoe Police Department,which once made its home in the basement of the building.

Pope said that he and his son saw a photo of the Tuckahoe Police Department, circa 1930, when his son pointed out that the police department had a motorcycle.

"After speaking with the Police Chief and the Mayor, we decided to make the donation to bring that division back to the Tuckahoe Police," he said.

Speaking on behalf of Police Chief John Costanzo, Lt. Peggy Belles first expressed the gratitude of the department and then said the money will purchase two Harley Davidson motorcycles. The motorcycle unit will have three officers and one supervisor, and will be largely dedicated to patrolling the village looking for vehicle and traffic violations.

As a gesture of thanks, Belles presented Pope with the very photo of the 1930s police department.

"We present this photo to you, a photo that once hung on the walls of this building," Belles said. "It is wonderful to see a unique piece of our history come full circle," she said.

Belles said that Costanzo looks forward to presenting Pope with a photo of the current Tuckahoe Police Department that will include the motorcycle division he has funded.

"We look forward to seeing the two photos side by side," Belles said.

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