MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Village of Mamaroneck is investigating a resident's complaint that one of its police officers may have been setting off his own private fireworks display.
A "concerned citizen" contacted Daily Voice by email, saying that one of the village's police officers, who resides on Raleigh Road, sets off his own fireworks display every year -- including this Independence Day.
Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum referred the citizen's complaint to village Police Chief Christopher Leahy on Tuesday.
"This may cover several different policies/factors that would fall under the department's review," Rosenblum said.
Police Chief Leahy said, "We will certainly look into this matter."
"Each year the display has gotten bigger and bigger with more complex fireworks and demonstrations. This year the fireworks set off from his back yard were visible from Mamaroneck Avenue and down near the Boston Post Road," the village resident told Daily Voice.
"As a result the Police Department was called and and the incident was reported,'' the resident said. The conversation reportedly went as follows:
"Hi, I would like to report that someone up on Raleigh Road is setting off massive fireworks which is a danger to the houses and residents in the area." -- Caller
" Yeah well, unfortunately we are too busy right now to send an officer up there. I've 911 calls coming in and can only worry about priority calls." -- Mamaroneck Police Desk Officer
"I literally just drove past a cop who was sitting on the side of the road" -- Caller
"Yeah well then maybe you should go talk to him yourself." -- Mamaroneck Police Desk Officer
"OK, thanks. And your name again?" -- Caller
The Village of Mamaroneck Police Department desk officer reportedly repeated his last name to the caller.