Oneida County has made a step forward in addressing police reform by selecting 13 members to serve on a committee focused solely on improving law enforcement policies and procedures.
Prompted by the death of George Floyd, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all counties to establish committees to discuss strategies to enhance police practices as part of the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.
The following local officials and community members were chosen to serve on the committee:
- Anthony J. Picente Jr., Oneida County Executive
- Arthur Atkins, pastor of Rome Wesleyan Church
- Shelly Callahan, executive director of The Center
- Gerald Fiorini, chairman of the Oneida County Board of Legislators
- Wendy Goetz, executive director of the Rescue Mission
- Dietra Harvey, Utica’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative administrator for United Way of the Mohawk Valley
- Robert Maciol, Oneida County sheriff
- Sonia Martinez, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Latino Association
- Scott McNamara, Oneida County District Attorney
- Frank Nebush, Oneida County public defender
- Jacqueline Nelson, president of the Rome NAACP
- Jim Plumley, owner of Carpenter’s Paint & Hardware
- Dianne Stancato, chief executive officer of the YWCA Mohawk Valley
“For more than 222 years, the men and women of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office have proudly served and protected all citizens of our county and we look forward to working with the community and its stakeholders on this committee as we look to everyone’s thoughts on how we can further improve the services and the relationship of the sheriff’s office with our people,” said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.
The committee will meet regularly to develop a reform plan, and then get public feedback on the proposal.
A final plan has to be implemented by April 1, 2021, according to Cuomo’s executive order.