New Paltz town police hope to be purchasing the department’s first hybrid vehicle in the near future. According to Lieutenant Robert Lucchesi, a request to order a Ford hybrid sports utility vehicle as a replacement for an older, solely gas-guzzling car will be made during the April 16 town council meeting. The money will come from SUNY impact aid, a relatively new source of funding intended to offset local government costs in host communities for state colleges. In the case of New Paltz, $150,000 is going to the village fire department, and $50,000 to the town . . .
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