YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Town Board has authorized the purchase of a new diesel generator for the Yorktown Police Department.

The police department's previous generator, which was 30-plus years old, recently went "kaput," Supervisor Michael Grace said at Tuesday's work session. The board resolved to forgo its regular procurement policy and will purchase the generator immediately, citing the emergency nature of the situation. Grace said the unanimous vote was a "no-brainer."

"It's critical," he said. "This time of year we can't afford be without [power] for any period of time."

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Police Chief Daniel McMahon told the board that his department lost power for about two minutes Monday because of its malfunctioning back-up generator. He said that power outages contribute to equipment deterioration.

"A lot of the times the computer system has damage when it does that," McMahon said. "It appears to be worse when the power bounces on and off. If it goes out and stays out and goes to the generator, we don't have a problem. It's that little [period] when it goes off, comes back on and goes back and forth a couple of times, that seems to be when we get the damage."

The diesel generator will cost about $18,400, Grace said.