Niskayuna schedules hearing on police reform



The town of Niskayuna will release its police reform recommendations March 2 — a week before it is set to hold a public hearing on the recommendations. 

“We are on target to have our plans submitted to the state on time, which is April 1,” said Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed during a board meeting Tuesday evening. 

Part of the report from the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will include recommendations from an analysis done by consulting company CNA. That report is set to be finalized within the next few days, Syed said. 

“It was vital to the work the collaborative has done,” Syed said. 

The public was able to comment on the CNA report until Feb. 18. Syed said CNA received nine comments and one comment was sent to town hall. 

Syed said the biggest issue was clarity on the recommendation regarding school resource officers. Syed said CNA was not recommending a school resource officer, something many community members are against, but that one or two Niskayuna officers get training to handle situations that happen in schools.

Syed said she is happy to see that many young people of minority communities have been participating in the collaborative. 

“They’ve been vocal and very passionate,” she said. 

Directions to join the March 9 public forum will be posted on the towns website in the coming days.

Syed said the town will look to have a final draft of its plan to vote on at its March 23 meeting.

Scotia survey

In Scotia, Mayor Tom Gifford is asking village residents to fill out a survey to help its Police Department with its police reform recommendations.

Gifford said he’s hoping to get a lot of responses back before the town’s next meeting on police reform March 8.

“We’re going to send out postcards to people too—the seniors we have on our list,” he said. “We’ve already gotten several hundred back, so that’s nice.”

Gifford said the survey is meant to allow residents to have input on what they want the Scotia Police Department to look like.



How Scotia residents  can take the survey


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