Officers, Firefighters Await East Cleveland Traffic Camera Vote

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Public safety workers in East Cleveland are anxiously awaiting the results of Tuesday’s election as residents decide whether or not the city’s red light cameras stay or go.

In mid-October, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton announced that nearly half the city’s police force would be laid off contingent upon the red light camera vote.

Layoff notices went out in East Cleveland on October 18. Thirty-six police officers, 14 firefighters and both police and fire dispatchers were included amongst the 60 individuals who received a layoff notice.

“Truth is, everyone is concerned. It’s one of those issues that we’d like to think that the public will go the way we think they will do, but maybe not,” said East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts. “We are talking about people losing their jobs… single mothers, guys [who are] the head of the household.”

City officials say the cameras generate about $1 million for the city.

“The general feeling is that it is going to be close. We had put a lot of information out in a short amount of time,” said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. “People were very curious about the traffic cameras and we want people to be informed voters today in East Cleveland.”

Supporters say the cameras need to go because they hurt the poor and impact the community negatively.

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