Cortlandt town officials agreed during Tuesday’s night board meeting to extend its partnership with the Croton police department to provide the DARE program to all six elementary schools in the town.
Detective Cliff Gabrielsen of the Croton police department will administer the program throughout the town. The town will pay for the program at a cost not to exceed $75,000.
Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said the program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, has been in place since she became supervisor in 1994.
“There used to be a Westchester County police officer who did it and the we had a state police officer who did it, but they stopped doing it,” Puglisi said. “We went to our neighbors in the Village of Croton. They had someone willing to do it.”
The program is given to fifth-graders and is 10 weeks long.
“I have been a proponent of this since my first year as supervisor and I’m proud that’s it’s still continuing 22 years later,” Puglisi said.