By Chris McKenna
Posted Apr 23, 2018
WOODBURY - The cost of having two governing boards for virtually the same territory in Woodbury has just gone up a bit.
The $10.1 million budget the Village Board adopted this month includes raises for the mayor and trustees, narrowing a large gap between what they and their counterparts on the Town Board earn.
Coming on the heels of two up-and-down changes in the town supervisor’s salary, the village pay increases will bring the combined salaries of the 10 people on those two boards to more than $160,000 ....
POLICE REFORM AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
In response to this summer’s activities surrounding police and community relations, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 203. (EO203)
Under the terms of the order, “Each local government entity which has a police agency must convene the head of the police department and stakeholders in the community to (1) perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and (2) develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. Such plan must be adopted by the governing board by April 1, 2021.”
Cities and villages throughout New York State are taking action to improve justice and equity in their communities and comply with Executive Order 203 on police policies and practices. The New York Conference of Mayors has developed the Police Reform and Reinvention webpage to provide members with additional tools and information on this subject matter.
For this process to work and for our system of policing to become more just, it is imperative that these local committees get populated with the right people and that the right people testify at the public hearings. If this is an issue that interests you, our goal is to identify people in each and every community in the Hudson Valley to serve on these boards.
a) become activists/advocates and help recruit stakeholders in our community. These stakeholders are identified as people who are most affected by poor police policy. (minorities, LGBTQ, immigrants, etc.).
b) keep the public informed, educated, and encouraged to participate. The public may not be aware that this is happening now.
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