Mayor Sandra Bury first claimed that crime was down by 25 percent. In a glossy mailer, she took “credit” for what she claimed was a 25 percent decrease in crime, even as the village has seen at least seven armed robberies since mid January alone.
Trustee Robert Streit, who is challenging Bury for Mayor and has made public safety and the increase of police patrols in the neighborhoods the focus of his campaign, called the 25 percent number “laughable” when it was made.
Now Bury may be realizing that the number is not credible. Recently, Bury changed the number from 25 percent to 20 percent contradicting her previous claims.
One of her running mates, Trustee Terry Vorderer, who had previously argued that crime was down, said he is a former police officer and “crime occurs”. Vorderer also stated, “…has there been a little bit of an increase in high profile crimes in the last couple weeks, yes…”
Now, Bury then sent out another piece of literature with a photo of Police Chief Michael Murray. In that mailer, Bury doesn’t mention the increase in violent crime in 2017 but provides a chart for crimes that shows crime increased from 2015 to 2016.
Just a few days ago, Bury provided a new number in a new mailer claiming that crime is actually down by an average of 17 percent.
In 2013, as a candidate for Mayor Sandra Bury promised to increase police officers by ten but in her first budget she asked for a reduction of two officers. At a recent meeting, she dismissed that criticism as a “preliminary” budget proposal.