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Utica Common Council returns to the chambers, discusses police transparency

The Utica Common Council held their first in-person meeting in about three months.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 11:28 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - For the first time in about three months, the Utica Common Council held their first in-person meeting.

On the agenda was police transparency and accountability.

Council member Celeste Friend proposed an ordinance which would require the police department to release personnel records used to evaluate performance or promotion.

The legislation, the Police Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020, was put into the public safety committee.

This comes after the governor signed the repeal of Section 50-A of the New York State Civil Rights Law, which up until now has allowed law enforcement to shield police misconduct records from the public

Councilman Jack LoMedico proposed a resolution commending the state Legislature and Governor Cuomo for repealing the law.

The common council will meet again July 15.

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