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Mariaville residents prepare for Camp Bisco

MARIAVILLE -- Music fans started packing the roads for Camp Bisco as the campground and parking lots opened Wednesday night. The music festival officially begins Thursday, but many neighbors had already placed cones and taped off private property to prevent people from parking or walking through.

“It's just a buffer to keep them off. in the mornings they tend to come out for some reason and they got hot in there, they like to take a dip [in the lake]. For the most part they're decent and they respect you,” said neighbor Angelo DiCapprio.

Police say it can be a challenge to maintain order because of limited access. Law enforcement is restricted to patrolling public roads around the event because organizers do not typically allow them inside.

Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has raised questions about why the event continues to get a permit issued. He expects it will cost county taxpayers at least an extra $5,000 in additional resources with many other agencies also adding officers.

“It taxes your resources and the concern is are you able to adequately serve your taxpayers with the services and resources they've come to expect from you and with this kind of event we're hard pressed to do that,” said Dagostino.

Last year hundreds were cited outside of the festival. A 29-year-old New Jersey man died of a drug overdose before the music started and dozens were hospitalized during Camp Bisco for drug-related illnesses.

Heather Bynum’s family is suing organizers because they say a chemical was sprayed into the crowd and she suffered a seizure. Bynum remains in and out of comas.
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