Little Falls New York

City Services and Boards

City Hall is open from 8:30 am – 4 pm

Administration

Mayor

Hours: 8:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday
City Hall – 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, NY 13365

Deborah A. Kaufman – Mayor
dkaufman@cityoflittlefalls.net
315-574-5248
315-823- 4406 Fax

City Clerk

Hours: 8:30 – 4:00, Monday through Friday
City Hall – 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, NY 13365
Please call office to get paperwork in advance.
Kira M. Miller
kmiller@cityoflittlefalls.net
315-574-5246
315-823- 4406 Fax

Services and Documentation

The City Clerk provides a variety of services and documentation, including the following:

Handicap Parking and License Plate Application (Must have application with doctor’s signature)

Marriage Certificate

Death Certificate

Birth Certificate

Vital Records for genealogical purposes: $22.00
Genealogical Services

2024 Event Request Form

Hunting and fishing decals: Hunting and fishing licenses can be obtained in the City Clerk’s office. Fees vary.

Dog Licensing: Rabies vaccination records from a veterinarian are required, along with spay/neuter records, if applicable. Fees vary.

Marriage License: Both people wishing to get married must be present; both must have photo identification, birth certificates, and all previous divorce papers. $40.00

Purchasing of Cemetery Burial Plots.

Recycling Bins

Moreland Park Rental

Rock Climbing Permits

Please call the office to get paperwork in advance.

Employment Application

Employment Applications are also accepted at this office.

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Public Notices

NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF TENTATIVE
ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR THE YEAR 2024
(Pursuant to Section 506 & 526(1)- Real Property Tax Law)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Assessor for the CITY of LITTLE FALLS, COUTY OF HERKIMER, STATE OF NEW YORK has completed the Tentative Assessment Roll for the current year. The Tentative Assessment Roll is available for inspection until June 4, 2024.
The Assessor, or someone designated by the Assessor, will be with the Tentative Assessment Roll at 659 E. Main St. Little Falls on the following dates and times:
May 14, 2024, between the hours of 9:00am- 1:00pm, also on
May 14, 2024, between the hours of 4pm- 8pm, also on
May 16, 2024, between the hours of 9:00am- 1:00pm, also on
May 18, 2024, between the hours of 9:00am – 1:00pm
NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Board of Assessment Review will meet on June 4, 2024, at 659 E. Main St. Little Falls, during the hours of 4PM- 8PM, for the purpose of hearing and examining all complaints relative to assessments. A publication titles “How to File A Complaint on Your Assessment” and complaint forms are available from the Assessor. Complaint Forms must be signed and filed before hearing is heard.

Dated: May 10, 2024
Daniel Maxwell_________________________
Sole Assessor or Chairman, Board of Assessors

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that pursuant to a resolution/order adopted by the City of Little Falls Common Council at its regular meeting on March 5, 2024, the Common Council shall hold a public hearing on April 2, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in the evening of said day, at the City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, New York. The purpose of this public hearing will be to receive comments from the public relating to Local Law #1 Land Use Moratorium. Copies of the proposed Local Law can be found online at www.thisislittlefalls.com/services in the administration section under public notices, or at the City Clerk’s Office.

Local Law – multiple dwellings

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Mayor of the City of Little Falls has duly and timely filed in the Office of the City Clerk the Tentative Budget for the 2024 fiscal year and said budget is open for inspection at a public hearing on April 2, 2024 at 6:45 p.m. in the evening of said day, at the City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, New York. Copies of the proposed budget can be found online at www.thisislittlefalls.com/services in the administration section under public notices, or by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 315-574-5246.

2024 Budget Final

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the City of Little Falls Common Council shall hold a public hearing on April 2, 2024 at 5:45 p.m. in the evening of said day, at the City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, New York. The purpose of this public hearing will be to receive comments from the public relating to Local Law #2: A Local Law Authorizing a Property Tax Levy in Excess of the Limit Established in General Municipal Law §3-c.

Tax Cap Override Local Law 2 for 2024

City Treasurer

City Treasurer

Sarah George – Little Falls City Treasurer
sgeorge@cityoflittlefalls.net
Office hours at City Hall:
Monday – Friday 8:30-4:00
315-574-5241
315-823-4526 Fax

City Tax Bills

City tax bills are mailed by May 1st and due without penalty by May 31st. After May 1st, a 1% penalty will be charged each month.

For tax-related information call 315-574-5243

To view city taxes online: https://www.taxlookup.net/

Personal checks or money orders are accepted for payment, no cash will be accepted.

Garbage collection is included in the City Tax.

Water/Sewer Due Dates

Water/Sewer bills are billed quarterly with 30 days to pay. After the due date, a 10% penalty is charged.

Any outstanding balance as of March 31st each year will be relvied to the City Tax bill and assessed a 10% relevy penalty.

Payment

To pay and/or view your Water/Sewer bill, use this link: WIPP and enter your Account and PIN number, located on your bill. If you don’t have your bill, email watersewer@cityoflittlefalls.net to request your login information.

Payments for water/sewer bills by credit card and e-check can be paid through the WIPP payment system, payments will not be accepted over the phone.

To have your water/sewer bills deducted automatically from your account, please fill out the Direct Debit Authorization form below and return it to our office.

If paying in person, only checks and money orders are accepted – we are a cashless office.

Payments can also be made by personal check or money order by putting in an envelope and putting it through the mail slot in the Treasurer’s Office door. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if a paid receipt is requested.

For water/sewer-related questions, email watersewer@cityoflittlefalls.net or call 315-574-5242.

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Golf Memberships & Fees

Golf memberships & Gift Certificates can be purchased at this office beginning December 1st or online at thisislittlefalls.com/shop/. Call 315-574-5243 for more information.

Adults

Adult – City Resident: $346.73 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.
Adult – Non-Resident: $377.78 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.

Partial Membership (1/2 price) – for Adult Memberships ONLY
A one-time option for any new member to join (and pay) after August 1st

College (Undergraduate – 23 and under)

College – City Resident: $222.53 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.
College – Non-City $232.88 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.

Junior (K-12 – 18 and under)

Junior – City: $175.95 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.
Junior – Non-Resident $186.30 -3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.

Family (Family includes spouse & dependent children that qualify for junior or college)

Family – City: $652.05 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.
Family – Non-Resident: $698.63 – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.

Carts-Trail & Winter Storage Fees – 3.5% Discount for Cash Purchases.

                    Trail Fee      Winter Storage

Elect-In       $279.45            $31.05
Elect-Out    $258.75            $31.05
Gas-In        $227.70            $31.05
Gas-Out     $207.00            $31.05

Employment Applications

Employment Applications are also accepted at this office.

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City Engineer

City Engineer

Chester P. Szymanski III, P.E. – City Engineer

Phone – 315-574-5239

cityengineer@cityoflittlefalls.net

Court Office

Little Falls City Court

659 E. Main Street
Little Falls, NY 13365
Phone: 315-619-3408
Fax: 315-266-4711
little-falls-city-court@nycourts.gov
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Court Terms & Holidays
www.nycourts.gov
Judith Bowman, Chief Court Clerk
Hon. Sarah Brinski, City Court Judge
Hon. Joshua Bannister, City Court Judge

Assessor

City Assessor

Dan Maxwell – Little Falls City Assessor
Office hours at City Hall:
Thursday’s 8:30-4:00
315-574-5244
assessor@cityoflittlefalls.net

City Assessor Detail

The City Assessor is a local government official, certified by New York State. Each year, the assessor must complete an average of 24 hours of continuing education to maintain his or her certification. The Assessor estimates the value of real property within the City’s boundaries. This value is converted into assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.

The City of Little Falls has an assessor appointed by the City Board for a period of six years. The assessor maintains the assessment roll, which is the document that contains every property’s assessment. To do this, the physical description, or inventory, and value estimate of every parcel of real property in the municipality is kept up-to-date. The property inventory is available on certain days and times in March of each year for inspection until Grievance Day. For more information please call the assessor.

The assessor also updates new construction and major improvements to existing structures to maintain a current value, and approves and keeps track of property tax exemptions, Senior citizen, School Tax Relief (STAR), veteran’s, agricultural, and business. The assessor reviews for accuracy, updates, and enters every transfer of real property in the municipality, including information on the buyer, seller, and sale price. To access Herkimer County property assessment information go to, www.herkimercounty.org. Under “department”, and “real property tax services”, you can scroll to links to country records and also search by tax ID number, owner’s name, and/or street name.

For other forms published by New York State Office of Real Property, click here: https://www.tax.ny.gov/research/property/regional/orpts.htm

County Tax Roll – https://herkimercounty.sdgnys.com

Processing Exemptions

It is the responsibility of the Assessor to accept, review, and process exemption applications. If an application meets all of the statutory requirements for an exemption, and the application is filed on or before March 1st, the exemption is granted. A taxpayer may qualify for more than one exemption.

Documents that may be required to accompany an exemption application are:

  • A completed application
  • Income of an individual or individuals comprising a household
  • Copy of federal income tax forms
  • Copy of voter registration form
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Copy of a 1099 from Social Security
  • Copies of documents verifying service in the military
  • Copies of passport or birth certificate
  • Letters of disability from Social Security, Railroad or State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
  • Copies of ordination papers
  • Internal Revenue exemption numbers
Tax Rolls

You can find the tax rolls @ http://herkimercounty.sdgnys.com

Important Dates

March 1 – Taxable Status

Exemption application must be filed on or before this date.

The assessment reflects what exists on a parcel of land as of this date.

May 1 – Tentative Assessment Roll is filed

The assessed value for all property in the Town are tentatively established.

Exemptions are calculated and entered on the assessment roll. The taxes for a property granted an exemption will be reduced for the next tax bill (December 1 of the same year).

Grievance period, the period during which a property owner may file for an administrative review of their assessment, begins.

Grievance Day – The first Tuesday after the fourth Tuesday In May

This is the last day to file a formal complaint to the Board of Assessment Review protesting the assessment or an exemption shown on the tentative assessment roll.

Grievance forms are available at the Assessor’s Office (it is advisable to supply all supporting documentation with your grievance when you file the grievance form.)

The Board of Assessment Review convenes and entertains discussion from any property owner who wants to discuss why they believe their property is improperly assessed.

July 1 – Final Assessment Roll

After all changes are made by the Board of Assessment Review, the assessment roll is filed by the Assessor and is available for public inspection.

All assessment and exemptions are final for the purposes of taxation (unless a court action results in a judicial change).

A change to the assessment roll after July 15th may be accomplished by reconvening the Board of Assessment Review.

Building and Codes

Building and Codes

Phil Green – Code Enforcement Officer
315-574-5250
pgreen@cityoflittlefalls.net

Codes Enforcement Officer

The Code Enforcement Officer enforces the New York State Building and Fire Code within the City of Little Falls. The CEO also ensures that all local zoning and planning laws are enforced, issues building permits, makes periodic and final inspections, and will issue a certificate of compliance or a certificate of occupancy when work is completed to code.

Urban  Renewal

Urban Renewal

Mark Feane – Director
315-574-5249
315-574-5252 (fax)
mfeane@cityoflittlefalls.net
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 10:30 am.
PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT

Established

The Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency was established by a special act of the Legislature of the State of New York in 1963. Funding for urban renewal activities is obtained from Federal, State, and local resources, through the City of Little Falls. The URA acts as an agent of the City in carrying out its urban renewal activities and traditionally operates programs designed to prevent or eliminate blight and deterioration in the City of Little Falls through the provision of grants and loans. Such programs include:

  • City-wide Housing Rehabilitation
  • Economic Development
  • Waterfront Revitalization
  • Facade Improvements
  • Downtown Investment Program
  • Center City Revitalization
Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency Mission Statement

To provide low cost funding to homeowners and businesses that will eliminate and prevent blight while preserving the architectural integrity and beauty of the City of Little Falls. Through redevelopment, revitalization and rehabilitation, the Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency (LFURA) will encourage job retention and job creation. Through the proper use of grants and loans, the LFURA will encourage our City homeowners to maintain and improve their properties. Through sound operating practices, the LFURA will ensure the proper use of all assets consistent with mandated Federal and State requirements. Through careful and transparent consideration and execution, the LFURA will ensure that all funds disbursed will contribute to making Little Falls an appealing city in which to live and work.

Date Adopted: March 22, 2010

Regular Monthly Meetings

Regular Monthly Meetings: The Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:00 am. in the Urban Renewal Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 659 E. Main Street, Little Falls, New York. *Meeting dates may be subject to change during construction season.

Special Meetings: Special meetings may be called as needed and appropriate. The Chairman (Mayor) or the President may call a special meeting of the Agency when he or she deems it necessary or upon the request of any member of the Agency, with due notice.

Notices: Notices of all meetings are issued to members and posted in the local newspaper to keep the Public informed.

Open Meetings: All meetings are open to the general public – except when the board convenes for Executive Session.

Revolving Load Programs

The Agency is also responsible for the day-to-day administration of two revolving loan programs:

The Little Falls Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund provides loans to low-income and very low-income owners and owners of rental properties who provide housing for low-income and very low-income renters.

The Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund provides loans to businesses at below-market interest rates to facilitate project implementation.

All projects must meet one of two basic national objectives:

Benefit low and moderate income persons; or eliminate a slum or blighting condition.

THE CERTIFIED FINANICAL STATEMENT IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Links

www.nysocr.org
www.dhcr.state.ny.us
www.empire.state.ny.us
www.mvcaa.com
Little Falls DRI Application Packet FEB 2024

Mohawk Valley Community Action – HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: Herkimer County 315.894.8294.
HEAP: Home Energy Assistance Program Herkimer County 315.867.1370. For those under age 60, please call DSS at 315.867.1220.

Department of Public Works

Department of Public Works

Main Number:
Patty Sklarz, 315-574-5245

City Garage:
John Sullivan, Crew Chief, 315-823-0211

Waste Water Treatment Plant:
Aaron Palmer, Chief Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator, 315-823-4626

Water Filtration Plant:
Water Treatment Plant Operator – Dan Bennett 315-823-3260
Water Distribution – Sam Campione

Plant

The City of Little Falls has a $7 million, state-of-the-art, slow sand filtration plant. The city’s natural fresh water springs fill two reservoirs with an abundance of nature’s finest tasting water. The city is fortunate to have an abundant water supply with the capacity to serve increasing numbers of residential and industrial users.

Yard Waste Pickup

Please be advised that the DPW will also continue our monthly pickup of yard waste on the 2nd TUESDAY of each month beginning in May.

Yard waste must be placed between the sidewalk and the road in front of the house.

Branches/twigs must be bundled and no more than 5’ in length.

Do not include plastic pots and containers—organic waste only.

NO MORE THAN 3’x3’x3’ of material will be picked up at each residence.

RESIDENTS MAY ALSO BRING YARD WASTE TO THE CITY DPW GARAGE ON LOOMIS STREET (Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM)

Please be advised that DPW will discontinue the monthly pickup of yard waste in the month of November.

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE GARBAGE PICKUP DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Fire Department

Fire Department

In case of emergency call 911 or 315-823-2233.

Fire Chief Robert P. Parese, EFO
315-574-5221 – Office
315-534-2218 – Cell
315-823-2234 – Station
315-823-2260 – Fax

Mission

The City of Little Falls Fire Department is committed to protecting the lives and property of the citizens in the community. The department stays progressive in fire suppression and control, emergency medical service, technical rescue disciplines, and fire prevention education. The department is dedicated to maintaining the utmost professionalism while providing customer service during emergency and non-emergency situations.

Personnel and Equipment

Second Assistant Chiefs

  • Adam Hartman
  • Dakota Lynch
  • Brian Dodge
  • Dennis Harrigan

Firefighters

  • Scott Kinville
  • Chad Malley 
  • Dakota Lynch
  • Jason Hopson
  • William Carpineti
  • Mark Hennings
  • Aaron Wilson
  • Brandon Thomas

Call Firefighters

  • Kevin Cumm

 

The Little Falls Fire Department maintains the following apparatus:

  • Sutphen 1500 gpm Engine 111
  • Salisbury 1500 gpm Engine 112
  • Sutphen Ariel Truck 400
  • Cheverolet 3500 Ambulance 605
  • Cheverolet 2500 Ambulance 600
  • Chief’s Dodge Ram Truck 2010
  • Utility Trailer (Special Operations) 2005

Police Department

Police Department

Chief of Police Robert Thomas – rthomas@cityoflittlefalls.net

Administrative Clerk Tina Fox – lfpolice@cityoflittlefalls.net

Department Phone (non-emergency): (315) 823-1123
Department Fax: (315) 823-2507

Dog Control Officer Greg Foster (315) 429-5172 or 315-525-0227

Parking Ban

To find out if the parking ban is on please call the PARKING BAN TELEPHONE NUMBER at 315-574-0089.

You will receive a recorded message that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Statement from the Chief

Being a Law Enforcement Professional in a small community provides many advantages and just as many challenges. In a small, tight knit community like Little Falls, it is commonplace to know the people you deal with daily. Our agency takes this as an advantage and having a great relationship with the community we protect serves all of us well. Treating each other with respect and dignity allows us to continue this relationship. It is this approach that allows the City of Little Falls to remain one of the safest places to live in New York State.

The City of Little Falls Police Department has been getting many complaints and feedback from concerned residents about the dangerous operation of motorized bicycles. These bicycles are regular bikes as we know them with the added power of a small gasoline engine which helps propel the bike beyond speeds acceptable for safe operation.

Further, several operators insist on riding in violation of our City Code and State Law. Violators are often observed operating on sidewalks in dangerous proximity to pedestrians entering or exiting stores, establishments and residences. Those that operate on the roadway have routinely disobeyed traffic control devices, failed to signal, operate in the wrong direction or the wrong side of the roadway.

Beginning May 1st, 2023, the city police department will be actively looking to curtail the illegal operation of these machines by intervention and subsequent enforcement of applicable ordinances and/or laws. The seizure of the machine will likely occur and the operator, or parents of the juveniles as the case may be, will likely pay the cost of removal of the bikes, along with any tickets that will be issued.

If you have questions, you are encouraged to speak to an officer at the Police Department.

Mission Statement

It is the Mission of the Little Falls Police Department to promote community confidence in our Department by working with all members of the community in meeting their needs and to establish programs and education designed to nurture positive growth of the youth in our community.

Current manning

The Little Falls Police Department consists of 10 sworn, full time officers, eleven part time officers, one full-time Civilian Police Clerk, One Dog Control Officer, and five School Crossing Guards. The Full-time officers consist of a Chief of Police, 3 Sergeants, and 6 patrol officers. To supplement our full-time officers the eleven current part time officers supply coverage to the City of Little Falls School District as School Resource Officers and fill in when full-time officers take time off. All Department members are highly trained, professional men and women dedicated to providing the best caliber of police services to the residents of our community 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Police Academy

Chief Gregg A. DeLuca (ret.) created the Little Falls Police Academy in 1997. The academy operates when a need from other agencies is identified. To date, we have trained over 100 police officers and sheriff deputies from the Counties of Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Montgomery, Fulton, Albany, Saratoga, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, Schenectady and others. Most Recruits that attend this academy juggle full-time jobs and family life while enduring the strict, paramilitary academy setting. In addition to the Basic Course for Police Officers, the academy administers the Phase II Course yearly.

The Little Falls Police Academy hosted the Pre-Credentialing Program through Cazenovia College from 2004 until 2018. In 2018, the Little Falls Police Department began to sponsor the same program through Herkimer College. This sponsorship was a result of the hard work and dedication of Chief Michael A. Masi (ret.). This Pre-credentialing course provides students with most of the academic portion of the academy as students of the college. Once that program is completed, the student is eligible to be hired by a police agency and will then go through the second phase of training, which consists of more police-specific training, such as firearms. The academy has brought many people to the Little Falls area and continues to support the department’s hiring needs from proven, sound candidates. The Little Falls Police Department is proud to have been involved in sponsoring one of the first Pre-employment Academy classes at Cazenovia, and the pride continues with the latest venture at Herkimer College. Both colleges still offer the courses, and additional information about each program can be found at the links below.

HERKIMER COLLEGE PRE-EMPLOYMENT ACADEMY

https://www.herkimer.edu/prospective-students/programs-and-majors/program/60/pre-employment-police-academy

CAZENOVIA COLLEGE PRE_EMPLOYMENT ACADEMY

http://www.cazenovia.edu/academics/adult-and-continuing-education/police-academy

For general information about training classes, Phase 2 academies, or the regular police academy, feel free to contact our department at the information below.

315-823-1123 or email rthomas@cityoflittlefalls.net

Sex Offender Information

The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) was passed in 1996. This legislation was added to the Corrections Law of New York State and covers those offenders who have been convicted of criminal acts listed as sex offenses. SORA requires Registered Sex Offenders to keep local law enforcement agencies and the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) informed of their current address and provides penalties for the failure to do so. SORA also allows local Police Departments to notify the community about some of these offenders. For a more detailed description of SORA, visit the New York State DCJS Sex Offender Registry.

It is important to remember that many sex crimes, especially crimes against children, go unreported. Of the cases that are reported, many can not be prosecuted for a variety of reasons. Although SORA is a powerful tool for making communities safer, it only provides information on a small population of all potential sex offenders living in the community.

If you are a parent, you should always know and feel comfortable with any person who has unsupervised access to your child. Never assume that because someone you know is not on a list of known sex offenders that there is nothing to worry about. Trust your instincts!

Community Notification

It is the policy of the City of Little Falls Police Department to comply with the requirements and intent of Article 6-C of the New York State Correction Law, commonly referred to as the “Sex Offender Registration Act”. The City of Little Falls Police will inform the community of certain offenders in a variety of ways:

  • The City of Little Falls Police Department allows persons of the general public to come in and view the sub-directory of High Risk Sex Offenders. A member of the public may also view the sub-directory online at the New York State DCJS Sex Offender Registry website.
  • Effective February 19, 2009, the City of Little Falls Police Department allows the general public to view the sub-directory online at their Internet Notification website. Please read the information presented below on this online option.

The City of Little Falls Police Department’s Sex Offender Sub-directory is presented as a public service of the City of Little Falls Police Department. The page is intended as a resource for the citizens of Little Falls. The sub-directory contains identifying information as well as information about the sex offense for which the sex offender is registered. It does not reflect the entire criminal history of a listed sex offender.

The main purpose of providing this data on the Internet is to make the information more easily available and accessible, not to warn about any specific individual. Users are cautioned that positive identification of an individual cannot be conclusively established by comparing name, date of birth, social security number, or other information with that provided in this sub-directory. Comparisons based on appearance may also be misleading and cannot establish a positive identification without some possibility of error.

Anyone who uses this information to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.

If there are any questions regarding any information on this website, contact the Little Falls Police Department at (315) 823-1122.

Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention

While Little Falls is a very safe and friendly community, there are many things that individuals can and should do to prevent a wide range of personal and property crimes. Please feel free to call the Police Department directly at 315-823-1123 with any concerns or questions.

Dealing with Contractors

  • Never give anyone cash up front to start a job later. A quality contractor will allow you to pay once the job is completed, even for materials.
  • Do not pay for materials if you do not see them. Make sure they explain and show you what they purchased.
  • Ask for references from people you know and trust. Remember, anyone can put an advertisement in the Yellow Pages. Talk to friends and family and get a contractor that has already proven their quality work and integrity.
  • Get phone numbers, addresses, and alternate phone numbers for your contractor. Call the numbers and make sure they work. Scam contractors will generally give false phone numbers and addresses, so you can’t get in touch with them after they have scammed you.
  • Get a start date and finish date for the job. Make the contractor stick to these dates.
  • Don’t be afraid to let the contractor know you will contact the police if something does not seem right.
  • Don’t let the contractor bully you. If they add to the original job or you are not sure if they are being truthful with you about what they are doing, call a friend or relative and ask them. Tell the contractor to hold off for a day, and you will get back to them. Check with someone and verify what the contractor is telling you appears legitimate. If the contractor tries to make you give them an answer that day, you may want to consider finding a different contractor.

Door-to-Door Solicitors

The City of Little Falls required all door-to-door solicitors to get a permit from the City Clerk. They also have to check in with the police prior to going out in the community. The police require anyone soliciting to provide photo identification and vehicle information.

  • Ask to see their permit. If they say their boss has it, tell them to come back when they have it.
  • If they start to pressure you, tell them to leave. If they do not leave, call the police right away.
  • Never leave a person alone in your house to get them a glass of water or for any other reason. Make them wait outside and shut the door if you have to go get your purse, call the police, or get them water. Make sure you lock the door while they wait outside.
  • Make sure your back door is locked before you open the front door. They will wait for you if they are legitimate salespersons. Most occupied home thefts occur when someone keeps the resident occupied at the front door while someone else enters the residence from another door.
  • Do not feel sorry for a student working their way through college. Most of the door-to-door salespeople are not in college but will tell you they are. Purchase only what you need or want, never out of sympathy to the salesperson.
  • Whenever in doubt of a salesperson, CALL THE POLICE! Let us check them out. If they have followed the rules, we will already know they are there, and we will assure you they have received the proper approval.

Identity Theft

Most identity thefts occur from:

  • Stolen wallets and purses containing ID and credit cards
  • Stolen mail, both incoming and outgoing. This may include bank and credit card statements, personal checks, tax information, etc.
  • Rummaging through trash or dumpster diving
  • Intercepted or diverted Internet activity
  • Point of sale receipts, such as an ATM or credit card receipt
  • Credit card skimming
  • Telephone scams

What can you do to prevent being a victim?

  • Always keep your credit cards in sight.
  • Don’t put your social security number on checks.
  • Guard your mail. Put your outgoing mail in the post office mailbox instead of leaving it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up.
  • If you’re going to be away, have someone you trust remove your mail from the mailbox rather than letting it build up, or have the Post Office hold your mail until you return.
  • Monitor credit card statements for unauthorized activity.
  • Check credit card receipts at the point of sale and make sure your full credit card number is not displayed on the receipt.
  • Register with the National Do Not Call registry to prevent some phone solicitors.
  • Shred or tear everything containing your personal information.
  • Review your credit report annually for any errors.

Identity theft is an increasing problem in today’s world of Internet and sophisticated computer capabilities. Although the above tips are intended to offer some safeguards, there are many ways anyone could fall victim to identity theft. The Little Falls Police Department has started a public education campaign to educate its residents on how to protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they are a victim and will soon be offering public seminars on this topic. We also encourage anyone with questions or concerns to call Officer Justin Dibble at (315) 823-1122. Officer Dibble will be conducting the public training and is a wealth of knowledge on this subject matter.

More information on Identity Theft is available at these sites:

www.ftc.gov/idtheft
www.oag.state.ny.us
www.secretservice.gov

If you have any questions regarding identity theft, please don’t hesitate to contact Little Falls Police Department at 315-823-1123.

Police Reform Plan

Little Falls Police Department Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan

This plan regarding the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative effort mandated by Governor Cuomo via Executive Order #203.

Purpose: To foster trust, fairness and legitimacy within communities throughout our state and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

Little Falls Police Department is staffed by:

• 1 Chief of Police;
• 3 Sergeants;
• 6 Full-Time Police Officers and;
• 15 Part-Time Police Officers.

We serve a geographical area of 3.99 square miles, with a population of 4,946 as of 2010. The Mohawk River/Erie Canal and CSX/Amtrak Railway run through the jurisdiction, dividing the city into north and south segments. The agency handles more than 2,000 calls every year and runs a state-certified police academy at its facility every 18 months.

When this Executive Order was released and provided to our agency, it was accompanied by a 135-page book with suggestions, ideas, best practices, and topics to consider as a part of our review and plan. The need to have unbiased interaction and a collaborative approach to successful policing is imperative for public safety and for public confidence in our service. We have and will continue to strive to be an agency that cares, serves, and supports the residents of the City of Little Falls and its surrounding neighbors.

Goals and Objectives: 1. Review the needs of the community served by its police agency and evaluate the department’s current policies and practices. 2. Continue to establish policies that allow the agency to effectively and safely perform their duties. 3. Involve the community in the discussion. 4. Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review. 5. Offer the plan for public comment. 6. Present the plan to the City Council to ratify or adopt. 7. Certify the adoption of the plan and submit to the State Budget Director.

1. Review the needs of the community served by its police agency and evaluate the department’s current policies and practices.

a. Reviewing the needs of the community and evaluating our policies and procedures is something we do continually. Our policies are created by the Chief of Police for safe, sound, practical, and necessary procedures to govern the agency. The purpose of ordered Policy and Procedures is to ensure that the agency serves the community’s needs and demand for humane, transparent operations of public safety and service. Little Falls Police Department utilizes the Lexipol Inc. web-based application to manage these policies and requires that officers review new policies and re-train on established policies. The needs of the community are the most important and affect the services we provide and how we provide them. We participate in public meetings and events and our patrols try to engage the community every chance they get in hopes of being a good partner and staying ahead of any necessary changes or potential issues.

2. Continue to establish policies that allow the agency to effectively and safely perform their duties.

a. The new Chief of Police has set a goal of obtaining state accreditation within 24 months with the State of New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. This certification is described below:

i. Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. It provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation – and proof of enforcement – of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

ii. When completed, everything we do will be monitored and approved by the accreditation counsel, which is controlled by the State of New York. The Chief of Police is the controlling force obligated to continually monitor our policies, make any necessary changes, and communicate with the state when there is an issue.

1. The New York State program became operational in 1989 and encompasses 109 standards developed to further enhance the capabilities of an agency and is divided into three categories:

a. Standards in the Administrative section have provisions for such topics as:

i. Agency organization;
ii. Fiscal management;
iii. Personnel practices and;
iv. Records management.

b. Training standards encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for:

i. Supervisors and;

ii. Specialized or technical assignments.

c. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as:

i. Highspeed pursuits;

ii. Roadblocks;

iii. Patrol, and;

iv. Unusual occurrences.

2. When the state updates their program standards, they update their verification manual and notify agencies, who then make necessary changes to maintain compliance.

3. The Police department will coordinate an annual review of agency policy and conduct audits and inspections as necessary to ensure compliance with the accreditation standards and agency policy.

3. Involve the community in the discussion.

a. Mindful of the COVID-19 this year, we involved the community in this reform and reinvention collaborative plan. We brought together representatives from most of the sub-groups in the community using the Police and Fire Board to represent seniors, youth, public service, business and others with stakeholders.

b. Discussion involved several topics including:

i. Policing sects of the population of people of color;

ii. Interaction with community;

iii. Transparency of the police department to the public;

iv. New training topics;

v. Agency Policy;

4. Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review. As a result, the agency is committed to improvement by:

a. Encouraging officers to have more personal interaction with community members, not just during an emergency situation;

b. Increase the police department’s community presence;

c. Increase agency transparency by:

1. Posting statistics on the website.

2. Posting Use of Force Policy on website.

3. Posting Officer Complaint Form on website.

d. Continued accountability for staff misconduct;

e. Mandated De-escalation Training, Crisis Training and Response for Mental Health Issues.

f. Update Defensive Tactics Training to exclude chokeholds;

g. Continued review of Use of Force events through policy recently instituted mandating a review of all incidents. All incidents are reviewed for compliance by the Chief of Police;

h. Re-work the agency Use of Force policy to include wording and policy changes in as approved by NYS MPTC sample policy.

5. Offer the plan for public comment.

a. This plan will be offered for public comment at City Council meeting in March.

6. Present the plan to the City Council to ratify or adopt.

a. Offer a resolution for the March board meeting.

7. Certify the adoption of the plan and submit to the State Budget Director.

a. Deliver by the 1st of April to the State Budget Director.

Representation

Ward 1

Alderman Tim Lyon
315-529-8235
Alderman Jonathan Shaffer
315-219-6448

Ward 2

Alderman Todd Dillon
315-868-0773
Alderwoman Laura Powers
315-868-7961

Ward 3

Alderman Mark Ruffing
315-868-2351
Alderman Brian Marhaver
315-868-4319

Ward 4

Alderman Dan Carter
315-717-6561
Alderman Dave Carpineti
315-717-8494

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